Peterhead Whaling Ships
- To Joanne Pye.
I don't know a great deal about the ships you mention.They
weren't among the famous and successful ones.
I first note the "Dublin" in 1846 under a Capt.W.Mackie and in the
following seasons sailed under various Capt.Mackie's.One of my
g.Grandfathers, James Taylor sailed as an able-seaman on this vessel
during 1851 to 1854 so it is possible your relatives were shipmates
The better known "Ranger" was lost in 1843 and a new one appears
about 1853 under a Capt.W.Cardno.
The "Xanthus" appears about 1852 and sailed for a number of years
under a Capt.J. Reid.
"The Peterhead Whaling Trade" by Alex.R.Buchan is a first class
book for information on that business.
A "line coiler" as the title states coiled the rope attached to
the harpoons in the bow of the whale boats.This had to be done
meticulously or all hands could be pulled underwater and lost when
the whale "sounded".
Hope this helps a little.