Supplement ... Whalemen’s Shipping List and Merchants’ Transcript ... The Last Issue.
The rare final issue
“The Last Issue” of the whaleman’s “Bible.” And after 71 years of publication.
With the decline of the Yankee fleet and the coming of World War I, New Bedford whaling took a hit and its leading whaling newspaper became unsustainable. The Whalemen’s Shipping List:
is to be hauled out on the beach, its activities at an end, yet we shall expect to hear, when the news comes in of some surviving whaler in trouble, sunk or disabled, ‘Where’s the last Shipping List?’ and to look up to see the ship news man, through force of habit, asking for his Bible that he may find the correct text.
The Supplement is printed in 6 columns. A modest illustration is also seen. The annual report of the New Bedford whaling and whale fishery is included here for the last time. Rare.
Description: Supplement ... Whalemen’s Shipping List and Merchants’ Transcript ... The Last Issue.
New Bedford, Massachusetts. December 29, 1914.  pp. 21 x 15½ inches. Broadsheet Extra. Near fine.