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Martha's Vineyard Museum:Girl on a Whaleship

Six-year-old Laura Jernegan, who kept a journal of her three-year voyage aboard a whaling ship (1868-71), left an enduring legacy of her time. Intertwined with the larger narrative of an important American industry attempting to reestablish itself after the Civil War, Laura's journal follows the experiences of her family's journey and draws many memorable portraits of shipboard life. Useful extras include a timeline of the American whaling industry, from 1775 onward; a glossary; an interactive diagram of a whaling ship; loads of information about different types of whales; and a gallery of artifacts and photographs.

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