Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Cruise of the Cachalot” as Want to Read:
The Cruise of the Cachalot
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Cruise of the Cachalot

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  6 reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published May 20th 2009 by BiblioLife (first published 1898)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Cruise of the Cachalot, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Cruise of the Cachalot

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 39)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Gerold Whittaker
An interesting book based on the author's experience on a whaler during the age of sail. He is quite detailed in how the whale is hunted after first sighting and then how the oil / spermaceti is extracted.

The book was written in 1897 and the use of old English words and phrases made it a little difficult to read. The author's attempt to translate English accents into the text made certain passages almost unreadable (well, at least to me any way). Here is an example extracted from Chapter VIII:

"S
...more
G.L. Tysk
Frank Bullen's account of a whaling voyage in the Pacific in the late 1800s is one of the whaling classics and a great look at life in the South Pacific at the end of the 19th century. I have to add a note here that most historians regard Bullen's story more as a work of embellished fiction than an actual straight account of his travels (think of Melville's "Typee") but there's no doubt that everything that Bullen experienced while whaling on a Yankee ship provided the foundation for his writing ...more
Ram
A very interesting book.
I read it after reading "In the heart of the sea" and it gave me more "first hand" information about the whaling industry. The descriptions and the authentic narrative facinated me.
Brian
Good narrative about life aboard a whaling ship in the late 1800s. Full of detailed information on how whalers went about their business. Not for the squeamish!
Monica Perez
I loved this book. It was written in verbose victorian prose so was a tad hard to get the rhythm at first but what a tale! A nice find on one of my favorite subjects.
Inga
Inga marked it as to-read
Dec 19, 2014
Christophe
Christophe is currently reading it
Sep 15, 2014
Lora Shouse
Lora Shouse marked it as to-read
Sep 12, 2014
Terry
Terry marked it as to-read
Sep 09, 2014
Anthony Wade
Anthony Wade marked it as to-read
May 05, 2014
Rich B
Rich B marked it as to-read
Feb 02, 2014
Todd
Todd marked it as to-read
Jan 06, 2014
Geoff
Geoff marked it as to-read
Aug 24, 2013
Alexkleeman
Alexkleeman is currently reading it
Aug 09, 2013
Arthur
Arthur marked it as to-read
Jul 25, 2013
Michael
Michael marked it as to-read
Apr 18, 2014
Kacy
Kacy marked it as to-read
Jul 31, 2012
Phil
Phil marked it as to-read
Apr 16, 2012
Melissa
Melissa marked it as to-read
Nov 20, 2011
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Frank Thomas Bullen (1857–1915), British author and novelist, was born of poor parents in Paddington, London, on 5 April 1857. At the age of 9 he left school and took up work as an errand boy. He led a roving and adventurous life, and many of the most thrilling episodes in his books were records of his own experiences. After various adventures on shore he went to sea in 1869, and for some years ro ...more
More about Frank T. Bullen...
The Log of a Sea-Waif: Being Recollections of the First Four Years of My Sea Life Sea-Wrack Told in the Dog Watches Our Heritage the Sea The Men Of The Merchant Service

Share This Book