Whaling in New London

Whaling in New London (HMWH0)

Location: New London, CT 06320 New London County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 21.269', W 72° 5.605'

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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 ocean's surface and swim at a speed of 23 miles per hour.

More information on New London's maritime history can be found on the bronze panels located around the plaza.
HM NumberHMWH0
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 5:51am PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] BRIDGER1963  [2] BRIDGER1963  [3] BRIDGER1963  [4] BRIDGER1963  
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 743147 N 4582186
Decimal Degrees41.35448333, -72.09341667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 21.269', W 72° 5.605'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 21' 16.14" N, 72° 5' 36.30" W
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Area Code(s)860
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14-18 Water St, New London CT 06320, US
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