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Remains of lost whaling fleet revealed by diminished Arctic ice

The remains of whaling ships that became trapped by pack ice in 1871 have been found off the Arctic coast of Alaska. NOAA archaeologists have discovered the battered hulls of two 1800s whaling ships nearly 144 years after they and 31 others sank off the Arctic coast of Alaska in one

American whaling ships found under Australian carpark

The remains of American whaling ships have been found five metres below a parking lot in Western Australia. NIKKI WILSON-SMITH: The area around Bunbury is known as the shipwreck coast and there have been rumours through the years of American whaling ships wrecked near the beach and smothered by sand. John Cross

Remains of two whaling ships found in Australia

The remains of two nineteenth century whaling ships have been found in Western Australia. The joint project between the City of Bunbury and Museum of Western Australia has attracted a number of specialists from around the nation to assist in the dig for the 1800s whaling ships. WA Museum Department of Maritime

Bones of Basque whalers found in Labrador

The 400-year-old remains of Basque whalers have been found in Labrador. They were uncovered in a cemetery in the coastal Labrador community where whale oil was produced from the mid to late 1500s. Right and bowhead whales, which at that time were common in the area, drew Basque whalers there. Archaeologist Jim Tuck

Remains of 1823 Nantucket whaler found near Hawaii

The Two Brothers, a Nantucket whaler which sank in the Pacific in 1823 has been found. The captain also helmed The Essex, another whaler whose sinking inspired Moby Dick. In the early 19th century, whaling voyages often took two years or more. The Two Brothers set sail from Nantucket in November

Did American whalers discover the east coast of Australia before Captain Cook?

A team of archaeologists are hoping to determine once and for all whether American whalers discovered the east coast of Australia before Captain Cook. The story began in 1803, after Matthew Flinders had completed his epic circumnavigation of Australia and was returning to England. He was a passenger on HMS Porpoise,