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Captain Prentice Avery

Male 1831 - 1915  (84 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document


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  • Name Prentice Avery 
    Title Captain 
    Born 2 May 1831  Preston, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Library book: The Groton Avery Clan 02620 
    Occupation Ship's captain. 
    Old Time Whaler. (The occasion of his 76th birthday)
    Old Time Whaler. (The occasion of his 76th birthday)
    The Daily Morning Journal and Courier, New Haven, Connecticut, Monday, May 20, 1907 page 6.
    Thar She Blows!
    Thar She Blows! (11)
    While many cultures and countries engaged in whaling this page is concerned with the history of the New England whaling industry. In no way should this be seen to justify modern whaling.




    Thar She Blows!




    Commercial whaling in the United States began in the 17th century in New England. The industry peaked in 18461852 when the availability of petrochemicals and over-hunting made the practice increasingly impractical.




    At one time whale oil was absolutely necessary. It's main uses were for household lighting and lubrication of machinery. There were alternatives to whale oil, but they were inferior in performance and cleanliness of burn. While the oil was the primary driver there were secondary products. The baleen some whales used to strain food from the sea were a secondary harvest. They were used in applications that would be accomplished in the modern world with plastic or steel. Simply put whale hunting allowed civilization to grow and prosper.
    Died 8 Aug 1915  Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried New Poquetanuck Cemetery, Preston, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 8 siblings 
    Headstones Submit Headstone Photo Submit Headstone Photo 
    Person ID I40875  Nagel
    Last Modified 3 Apr 2020 

    Father Erastus Avery,   b. 19 Nov 1805, Bozrah, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1860, Preston, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Caroline Sydleman,   b. 1809,   d. 27 Dec 1879, Preston, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 25 Dec 1826  Preston, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F12569  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Louise D O'brien,   d. 1 Jul 1861, Preston, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Oct 1860 
    Last Modified 23 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F13297  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Nancy O'brien,   d. 19 Aug 1868, Preston, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Amanda Avery,   d. 20 Mar 1880, Preston, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     2. Nancy Avery  [Birth]
    Last Modified 23 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F13298  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart