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Cape Cod The Last Whaler

The last whaler or rather whaling skipper of Provincetown was Captain John Atkins Cook. He retired in 1916. After he quit the sea Captain Cook wrote a pretentious account of his voyages and had it published.

But his wife Viola will be remembered even longer. For it was she who lost her mind while on a voyage to the Arctic Sea with her husband. The cause was supposedly due to her husband’s refusal to turn back from the frozen land and return to the Cape. Eugene O’Neill wrote one of his plays on that theme, taken from the real event. The title was “ILE.” Perhaps you have seen it.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 02/25/06
Categories: History
Keywords: whaling, history


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