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A Nantucket Whaling Family’s Life at Sea

Nantucket Historical Association

Many stories about 19th century whaling families focus on the untraditional roles for women while their husbands were at sea: managing finances, running businesses, and even working as partners with their husbands in different trades and enterprises. Nantucket Whaling master Joseph Marshall and his wife Malvina were perhaps more untraditional for the time: in addition to being partners in the whaling industry, they raised their daughter Helen together, at sea.  

A new book titled  Under Sun, Stars and Sails: A Whaling Family’s Life at Sea, tells their story. Author Marsha Hall Brown joins us.


Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 40 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.