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Whaling along the Orange County Coast

The Costa Mesa Historical Society is pleased to announce that nautical historian Bob Minty will be our speaker on Sunday March 19, 2017 . with a presentation on whaling off the coast of Orange County.  

Bob Minty is the Program Chair of the Dana Point Historical Society, and has been a member of Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano "living history" groups - portraying Richard Henry Dana, Jr. - for more than twenty years. He is also a regular presenter at the Dana Harbor Ocean Institute and has given this talk to multiple societies including the State Conference. 

Subtitled  "19th Century Legends: Whalers, Scrimshanders, and California Shore Whaling", Minty plans to provide a clearer picture of this historic industry and scotch a variety of misconceptions and myths about the "Romance of the Sea." Attendees will also learn,...

·         How folk art sheds light on the lives and mental make-up of whalers

·         The connection between Richard Nixon and the original Nantucket whalers

·         How Orange County played a key role in our nation's whaling industry

·         What whales, legislation, and  Conquistador Hernán Cortés have in common 

The program will conclude with the film clip "Nantucket Sleigh Ride" from Elmer Clifton's 1922 silent film, "Down to the Sea in Ships," filmed on the 19th century whaleship, Charles W. Morgan, out of New Bedford.

So come bring a friend as we learn about this little known facet of history that took place off the coast of Orange County 

Seating is limited, for RESERVATIONS call (949) 631-5918.    Doors open at 2:00, program at 2:30. Free admission and refreshments. We are located at 1870 Anaheim Ave. northwest corner of the Lions Park complex. Visit   or go to facebook/costa mesa historical society for more information. 



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