Mystery ship

>This image is a scan from a glass negative, one of about 150 such negatives in the Nicholson Whaling collection. This is supposedly the bark Tucker, probably at a dock in New Bedford in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. But I’m not sure. I don’t find any whaling ships named Tucker in the standard sources, so I have no idea if this ship is really the Tucker, or if her Master was named Tucker (there were several who were), or what. But it’s really cool, don’t you think? I believe they are drying her sails.

Just to let you all know, a comprehensive database of all whaling voyages and masters just went live. You can search it at It’s excellent, brought to you by the folks at the National Maritime Digital Library.

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