Excerpt from The Cruise of the Cachalot: Round the World After Sperm Whales Without attempting the ambitious task of presenting a comprehensive sketch Of the origin, rise, and fall Of Whale fishing as a whole, it seems necessary to give a brief out line Oi that portion Of the subject bearing upon the theme Of the present book before plunging into the first chapter. This preliminary is the more needed for the reason alluded to in the Preface - the want of kwledge Of the subject that is apparent everywhere. The Greenland whale fishery has been so popularized that most people kw something about it; the sperm whale fishery still awaits its Scoresby and a like train of imitators and borrowers. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.