THE DEMISE OF WHALING IN NEW
At their May meeting, the Friends of Fort Trumbull are
proud to present Marc Songini, of Foxboro, Massachusetts,
a Boston-area journalist, who was a former Herald
News freelancer, a journalist writer about high-tech companies, and the
author of The Lost Fleet, an epic
tale of whaling during 1861-1877. Songini has said that he did not want to write an academic
book about whaling. He "wanted to
write the Gone with the Wind of whaling". He accomplished his wish in this book that
has been described as "narrative history at its best".
imagination was inspired by the hard, dangerous work that these whalers
performed. He has said, "It was as
unglamorous as anything you could imagine.
You had a different kind of men.
They accepted death, disfigurement and mutilation." The
Providence Journal described the book as "a lively, suspenseful,
mesmerizing book, which revels in the triumphs and mourns the demise of the
whaling era in America".
In addition to discussing the
whalers of New Bedford, Mr. Songini
will also touch upon whaling in New London,
Eugene O'Neil's interest in whaling, and some of the merchants in New London who amassed
their fortunes from whaling.
The meeting, beginning promptly at
7 p.m., will take place on Thursday, May 26, at the Fort Trumbull
90 Walbach Street, New London, CT. The public is welcome to attend this free
presentation which is hosted by The Friends of Fort Trumbull. Free parking is available just inside the