August and September are wonderful months to see whales in New England. During the height of the whaling era, Nantucket was the center of the world whaling industry.
For years I have read accounts of the men who worked on the whaling ships and I don't know who had it worse, the men or the whales. Many times the men would not live out the length of the voyage which could last several years, or they were not paid at the end of the journey. They were the coal miners of their generation. They took on very dangerous work to keep the world in whale oil to light the lamps.
I have created grained and painted chests depicting some of the whaling stories. For more information you can contact my website. www.kristinhelberg.com