As picturesque as a ship like The Niger may have been, life for those on board was brutal. Enough so that shanghai gangs called "crimps" were often employed by ships masters unable to crew a vessel for an approaching outbound tide.
With names like 'Shanghai Joe," these thugs roamed waterfront taverns and inns in Boston, New Bedford and other whaling ports offering grog and a knock on the head to unsuspecting young men who would wake up at sea on voyages that often lasted years. After a few more beatings, they resigned themselves to their fate.
When The Niger put in to Pitcairn Island in the Pacific, 26 months out of New Bedford, all aboard new the simple rules of the island. If you tried to flee the ship, the islanders would hunt you down. You would be beaten savagely and your life would be even more miserable.
Such was life on the crew of a 19th Century whaler. Most who finished their voyages and received what little pay they had accrued when expenses were deducted, often spent in in the same taverns and grog shops they were first taken from. And, not infrequently, with the same sad result.
Plastic Frame and Body
4 watt bulb included
Glow vent casts light upward
Adjustable tines to fit any socket
Approximate Night Light Dimensions 4.125" (w) x 3.375 (h) x 2.5" (d)