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A Whaleman's Holiday Was Rugged Sport
Henry Beetle Hough
November 09, 1959
Yesterday...whalers raced on their days off, testing their boats and their mettle
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November 09, 1959

A Whaleman's Holiday Was Rugged Sport

Yesterday...whalers raced on their days off, testing their boats and their mettle

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The time—two miles in 17 minutes and 18 seconds—stands as a record for the New Bedford course, and it is unlikely that better time has ever been made for so long a distance under rugged sea conditions. There have never been any whaleboat races to amount to anything since, partly because the school of men who pulled those mighty oars either died off or forgot about whaling, and partly because nobody believed any crew could make a whaleboat go faster than Ike Norton and his champions did on that Fourth of July. Such was the victory and such was the end of the great whaleboat races.

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