Bluewater Bride--The Voyage of the Halcyon
By Edward Norton
Published: September 10, 2011.
For some decades of the 19th Century New Bedford, Massachusetts was among the wealthiest places in the United States. Prosperity was based on whaling--oil for the nation's lamps, and exotic products as perfume base,and stays for Victorian-Age corsets. It was an industry that pitted strong men against huge mammals of the sea. Some women went awhaling, as the "best mate," such as this saga.