Fishtrap launches its National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program with a true tale of resilience and survival, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick. This National Book Award winning tale tells the story of the whaleship Essex which in 1820, was rammed by the biggest whale anyone had ever seen and inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick. Fishtrap has created a month of free online events for readers, students, and families to learn about whales and the history of whaling in America. Fishtrap has also provided more than 400 free books to schools and libraries in Wallowa and Union Counties.
Whaling in Oregon: The mouth of the Columbia River was the site of one of the last commercial shore-based whaling stations in the United States. Hvalfangst-Oregon (Norwegian for “whaling”) operated from 1961 to 1965 in response to a need for a ready source of high protein meat for use as feed by the local mink breeding industry. During their brief period of operation Hvalfangst-Oregon hunted and harvested about a dozen whales of various species. The United States banned all commercial whaling in 1972 in response to a growing concern that extinction of the great whales would result from the unrestricted use of modern whaling techniques.
The Big Read 2021: Whaling In Oregon
Date and Time
Wednesday Mar 3, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM PST
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
1:00 pm and anytime after that on fishtrap.org