The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses, 1937-38

by Lt. (j.g.) Quentin R. Walsh, edited by P. J. Capelotti
Foreword by James C. Bradford and Gene Allen Smith, Series Editors

Details: 368 pages     6.125 x 9.25
Cloth: $34.95   ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-3479-9   
Pubdate: 10/24/2010
Series: New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology
Review(s): 5 available

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"A unique first-hand account of a singular experience in Coast Guard history by an extraordinary officer."--W. Russell Webster, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret)

"The most detailed description of whales and the killing of them that has been penned in the English language."--Dennis Noble, author of Rescue of the Gale Runner

In the spring of 1937, Coast Guard Lieutenant Quentin Robert Walsh received a special assignment aboard the whaling factory ship Ulysses. His orders were to monitor the commercial operation's compliance with international agreements protecting marine life, and what he observed shocked him.

The Ulysses flew the American flag, but Walsh quickly realized that the venture was a foreign affair intent on harvesting whales of illegal size and importing the resulting whale oil duty-free into the U.S. market. This behemoth floating "factory" killed with appalling efficiency in order to reap tremendous profits. Over 3,600 whales were butchered during the ship's ten-month cruise.

Though he was later an eyewitness to the death and devastation of D-day, Walsh maintained to the end of his life that his experience aboard the Ulysses had been the most horrifying he had ever endured.

His report on the voyage--made widely available to the public here for the first time--helped set the stage for current U.S. policy in opposition to open sea whaling. Composed in an elegant yet direct style, his account is both a straightforward description of commercial whaling in the twentieth century and a compelling argument against it.

Quentin R. Walsh was a U.S. Coast Guard officer and legendary figure in Coast Guard history for his role in the Normandy Invasion. P. J. Capelotti, assistant professor of anthropology at Penn State University, is author of numerous books and editor of Life and Death on the Greenland Patrol, 1942

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