African-Americans as Whalers

During America's whaling heyday, African-Americans worked onboard whaling ships where they shared a measure of equality with other crew members.

Seven of twenty-one crew members aboard the Essex, a Nantucket-based whaler, were African-Americans.

In this image, taken in 1892, we see the crew of a British ship. The U.S. National Park Service, which maintains the original photo, tells us more about it:

The crew of the British ship Rathdown, photographed in San Francisco in 1892. The two men in aprons are the cook  and steward, but the other black men are all seamen.

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Media Credits

Image, of black men serving onboard a British whaling ship, online via U.S. National Park Service. NPS image NPS SAFR K9.28,157nl.


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