Voyage of Discovery; Vineyard Whaling Captains of Color
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Contact: Chilmark Library
Address: 522 South Road
Email: [email protected],org
Admission fee: Free
Relevant Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/822106337961624/
Local writer and former radio broadcast executive Skip Finley will give a presentation titled “Voyage of Discovery – Vineyard Whaling Captains of Color.” This presentation will focus on what Mr. Finley has discovered through years of research for his upcoming book on the subject. According to ship logs Mr. Finley has gone through, 20% to 40% of whaling captains were men of color, many with ties to Martha’s Vineyard. According to Mr. Finley, “As difficult, dangerous, and sometimes financially unrewarding as whaling was, it still beat slavery by miles…A few (men) even overcame all the odds and rose through the ranks to command ships.” Mr. Finley’s talk and upcoming book are an important exploration of this forgotten segment of American and Martha’s Vineyard maritime history.