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The Old Whaling Days - Robert McNab

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I won't lie to you, The Old Whaling Days is a massive book. On my ereader it was well over 1000 pages. And it can be a difficult read at times - it's pretty dry, and the author, compilation historian that he was, was fond of giving you all the information at his disposal, including lists of what ships had on board at harbours and the number of whales caught in a season. However, if you can get past the length and the density of detail, this is a fascinating historical account of very early New Zealand, the whalers and sailors who explored it, and the Maori people they encountered. It is, perhaps inevitably, told from a distinctly colonial angle, and that's worth keeping in mind, especially given the accounts of what he so charmingly refers ...
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