The Nicholson Whaling Collection is best known for its logbooks and journals, but it includes other formats as well: scrimshaw, manuscripts and photographs. Thanks to volunteer Pat Loan, a portion of the whaling photograph collection is now listed online, described either by ship name or a location.
The images listed include a lot of whaling ships:
But also scenes from the whaling industry:
and images from whaling towns, especially New Bedford:
The list is available online at http://www.provlib.org/spc-whalingphotos