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Abel Douglass

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Occupation  Whaler

Name  Abel Douglass
Abel Douglass
Born  1841Maine
Died  1907, Seattle, Washington, United States

Abel Douglass (1841 – 1908) was an American whaling captain.

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Douglass born in 1841 in Maine as part of a seafaring maritime family.

Career

In the 1860s, Douglass partnered with James Dawson. The Dawson and Douglass Whaling Company worked off the coast of British Columbia. The non-Native whaling industry in British Columbia began when Dawson and Douglass took eight whales from Saanich Inlet in 1868.

Dawson and Douglass founded Whaletown in 1869 as a whaling station on Cortes Island. The Whaletown operation was later moved to what is now called Whaling Station Bay on Hornby Island; the Dawson and Douglass Company merged with the Lipsett Whaling Company to form the British Columbia Whaling Company, but the company closed in 1871.

Personal life

Douglass had a common-law relationship with Maria Mahoi, who was of Hawaiian and First Nations descent; they lived with their seven children on Saltspring Island. Mahoi later married George Fisher and moved to Russell Island.

References

Abel Douglass Wikipedia


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