10 Jun '11, 3pm

Paul Watson Recalls Civil War's Whale Wars

Paul Watson Recalls Civil War's Whale Wars

The book centers on the exploits of the Confederate steamer Shenandoah , which preyed on whaling vessels supplying oil for the Union. The ship was skippered by Lieutenant James Iredell Wadell, who, along with capturing or sinking 38 ships (without a single casualty on either side), famously is said to have fired the last shot of the Civil War, two months after the war had ended. (Watson explains that seeming conundrum in the video.) The ship is pictured in action in Arctic waters in the lithograph below, from the collection of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/10/paul-watson-...

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