Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

Whaling history comes alive

Maritime archeologist Kelly Gleason, who discovered the wreck of the Nantucket whaleship the Two Brothers, will speak about the find and hte history of the ship and Wednesday at the Nantucket Historical Association on Broad Street

By Naomi Bernstein - ACK

Renowned maritime archaeologist Kelly Gleason will take a trip back in time Tuesday and Wednesday at the Nantucket Whaling Museum as she shares her experience with the discovery of the shipwrecked Nantucket whaler Two Brothers at the Nantucket Whaling Museum.

Gleason works for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Marine Sanctuaries in Hawaii. She discovers, explores, documents, and protects shipwrecks in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, a large conservation area in the Pacific Ocean.

She has been working to explore sites of shipwrecks for about eight years, and in the past four years, the story of the Two Brothers has become a specific project of hers.

The history of the Two Brothers actually begins with a different ship, the Essex. George Pollard Jr., a Nantucket seaman, was captain of the ship when it was struck by a sperm whale and sunk, the inspiration for Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick.”

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