In this post we share an update by Crewlist Project Director, and New Bedford Whaling Museum Advisory Curator Judith Lund.
Thanks to about 37 volunteers ranging in age from Museum interns and the students in the Maritime History Class at UMass Dartmouth to retired folks, the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Crew List project is nearly complete. So far, the names of crewmembers for almost 2200 voyages from 1855 to the end of American Whaling in 1927 have been entered into the database. If you estimate 25 crew members at least for each voyage, that’s about 55,000 little lines in excel . THANK YOU EVERYONE.
This is the sort of project the museum couldn’t have done without volunteer help. Our information will be combined with the early years input by New Bedford Free Public Library some years ago, to provide the names of men who left New Bedford on Whaleships sailing form this port
The Museum is about to redesign its website. This information, will be included in that design, available via the internet to whaling historians and to people trying to understand their own family history. We will have this database up and running by Fall of.
In this post we share an update by Crewlist Project Director, and New Bedford Whaling Museum Advisory Curator Judith Lund. It speaks to our current team of 17 volunteers, but also to potential volunteers. To find out more about the project visit our initial post from November 6th. To ask questions or sign-up use firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am pleased to report that we are making good progress on this project. So far I have the results of three completed years and parts of another that have been coming to me as they are completed. That total of entries is 369. It may seem small yet, but I know that many of you are waiting to complete the year assigned to you before sending it to me. That’s fine, too. The important thing is that so many have volunteered and are going full steam, or full sail, ahead.
Captain Antone T. Edwards and some of his crew aboard the Wanderer
In March the history majors taking Maritime History at UMass Dartmouth will join in, thanks to Len Travers, who teaches the course and read the blog about the project. It will be a chance for his students to get their hands on some real history, and in doing so, complete a project that will be of lasting value. I have tentatively assigned three years to them.
Our youngest participant is Tevin Honohan, a student at New Bedford High School, who plugs away at the information during his community service period in his schedule.
The Whaling Museum and I thank you for all you are doing.