“The Adventures of a Farmer Who Goes Whaling in 1837,” a lecture by Richard Donnelly

Thursday, November 20, 2014

5:30 PM-7:00 PM

Cost: Free

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Meeting Room (3rd Floor)

Thu, 2014-11-20 17:30 - 19:00

Richard Donnelly will recount the story of Frederick Allen of Westport, MA, derived from daily entries Allen made in a journal from June 5, 1833, to March 1, 1838. From March through August 1835, the Allen family built a home to replace their original 1709 homestead. In 2014, an initial search for the house found it missing and likely destroyed, but further research found it moved to a new location four miles from the original site. The final year of the journal describes Allen’s life on a whaling voyage on the brig Mexico out of Westport Point to hunt for sperm whales. The journal provides a unique look into the lives of southeastern New Englanders during the 1830s.

Richard E. Donnelly retired from a 35-year career in advertising that included clients such as local icons Brown & Sharp Manufacturing, the Pawtucket Red Sox, and Del’s Lemonade. He is presently an antiques dealer specializing in folk art, with special interest in 19th-century scrimshaw, whalecraft, and whaling journals and logbooks. While working as a volunteer at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, he recently collaborated with Dr. Stuart M. Frank on a comprehensive catalog of the museum’s scrimshaw collection. Mr. Donnelly took 700 photographs that appear in the book Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved published in 2012. He and his wife Jane are residents of Barrington, Rhode Island.

This event is sponsored by the John Russell Bartlett Society and is accompanied by an exhibition of whaling materials from the Providence Public Library's Nicholson Collection.

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