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Captain Amaziah Gardner

Male 1763 - 1834  (~ 70 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document


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  • Name Amaziah Gardner 
    Title Captain 
    Born Sep 1763  Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Amaziah Gardner worked as a whaler. He became captain of the ship "Alliance" in 1800 and took several voyages to the South Atlantic whaling grounds through 1805. 
    Thar She Blows!
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    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 22 Jul 1834  Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I62007  Nagel
    Last Modified 11 Dec 2021 

    Father John Gardner,   d. 20 Jun 1798 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Kezia Coffin,   b. 1722,   d. 26 Mar 1810  (Age 88 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F18844  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart