Sweethearts at Sea: Love and Marriage in the Age of Sail

February 13, 2019 all-day
Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
396 County Street
New Bedford
MA 02740
Jessica Brodeur

During the nineteenth century, when Yankee whale oil lit the world, men from more than thirty New England communities sailed the seven seas in the pursuit of whales, leaving their families behind for up to five years at a time. Meanwhile, new philosophies encouraging companionate marriages became popular in New England society. The combination of these historical phenomena meant men and women in nineteenth century New England whaling communities faced the daunting prospect of spending most of their married lives apart. That is until the 1840s, when a small group of married couples defied social and industrial tradition by going to sea together aboard whale ships. This lecture with Amanda Goodheart Parks, Ph.D. will focus on one of these remarkable couples— Captain John and Elizabeth Marble of Fall River, Massachusetts— using the letters and journals they left behind to tell a story of love, life, and loss at sea.

Single Admission: $10 RJD Members / $12 Public
Romance Package (with chocolates & bubbles): $25/person, $40/couple

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