The Lagoda of New Bedford: A Greasy Whaling Ship

Assessment: What Did You Learn?

If you are a teacher using this Learning Center with students, consider:

  1. Embedding this Learning Center in a unit on the growth of 19th Century industries in the United states.
  2. Exploring other industries that were vibrant during the Lagoda's producing years (1841 to 1889).
  3. Extending your study of New Bedford whaling practices to include Wampanoag practices of the past.
  4. Extending your study of New Bedford whaling practices to include contemporary whaling by Alaska's St. Lawrence Yupik and Iñupiaq people (there are a number of pertinent Learning Centers at this web site that will be helpful).
  5. Studying scrimshaw and designing pieces in class. You might use soft materials such as soap, wet clay, or soapstone rather than ivory for the carvings.
  6. Expanding this Learning Center by mapping the voyages of the Lagoda and learning about the various ports of call she made.
  7. Design a simulation that involves each of your students in a specific role on the whaling ship.
  8. Producing a classroom model of the Lagoda or other whaling ship.
  9. Listening to and learning sea chanties.
  10. Exploring the reasons for the end of commercial whaling in North America.

Now that you have visited the Lagoda, can you . . .

  1. Name the first people in what is now New England who hunted whales?
  2. Remember the decade when New Bedford became the center of Yankee whaling?
  3. Explain why people hunted whales?
  4. Describe your favorite work of art that was part of the whaling world?
  5. Define a windlass, binnacle, foc's'le, and tryworks?
  6. Explain how many crew members a whaling ship required?
  7. Describe the two most dangerous activities in working on a whaling ship?
  8. Draw a whaling harpoon?
  9. Explain how to butcher a whale while at sea?