Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New London in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Whaling in New London

 
 
Whaling in New London Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 9, 2011
1. Whaling in New London Marker
Inscription.
Human relationship with sea mammals has evolved through the past 300 years.

Oil from whales and seals was exploited, yet essential to developing our industrial revolution in the 19th century. The wealth accumulated from whaling was invested in railroads, industrial development, the hospital and the creation of cultural institutions still in use today by the New London community.

Growth of environmental awareness in the 20th century has led to 21st century recognition of the need to save the whales and preserve a sustainable ocean environment for the health of our planet.

This life size sculpture represents a sperm whale sounding - - diving back into the ocean after coming to the surface to breath. Sperm whales can reach 59 ft in length, weigh up to 45 tons, dive to 10,000 ft below the oceanís surface and swim at a speed of 23 miles per hour.

More information on New Londonís maritime history can be found on the bronze panels located around the plaza.
 
Location. 41° 21.269′ N, 72° 5.605′ W. Marker is in New London, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and State Street, on the left when traveling north on Water Street. Click for map. The marker is located in the plaza at the
Whaling in New London Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 9, 2011
2. Whaling in New London Marker
foot of State Street. Marker is in this post office area: New London CT 06320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Station (within shouting distance of this marker); 35 Water Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary New London (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary War Privateering (within shouting distance of this marker); Nathan Hale (within shouting distance of this marker); Nathan Hale Schoolhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); New London Soldiers & Sailors Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); 2 State Street (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in New London.
 
More about this marker. The marker is in front of a life size sculpture of a whale fluke.
 
Categories. AnimalsIndustry & Commerce
 
Marker in New London image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 9, 2011
3. Marker in New London
Marker is located across the street from the New London Union station, seen behind the marker.
New London Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, in New Lon
4. New London Plaza
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 354 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement