Event Summary

Market for spermacetti oil underway

Date

1712

Description

Nantucket fisherman Christopher Hussey reportedly develops market for the cleaner burning oil of spermacetti whales' skull cavity after pursuing a sperm whale off Nantucket. Story questionable.

Timeline 1

Whaling, Fishing, Fisheries and their Management, 1400 - to present

Timeline 2

The Anglo-American Maritime World, 1640-1750

Record ID

1173