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The galley of the Charles W. Morgan is shown. When the cook wasn't jumping ship (the job was one of the worst on board, in both status and pay) or being clapped in irons for insubordination or just plain lousy cooking, he might treat the crew to a batch of doughnuts, deep-fried in whale oil and traditionally served as a reward for securing every thousandth barrel of the precious commodity. (Photographs courtesy of Mystic Seaport)
The galley of the Charles W. Morgan is shown. When the cook wasn't jumping ship (the job was one of the worst on board, in both status and pay) or being clapped in irons for insubordination or just plain lousy cooking, he might treat the crew to a batch of doughnuts, deep-fried in whale oil and traditionally served as a reward for securing every thousandth barrel of the precious commodity. (Photographs courtesy of Mystic Seaport)

What did the crew eat on a whaling journey?

Published February 10. 2019 12:01AM | Updated February 11. 2019 2:48PM

By Tom Verde



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