The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.


The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announces the publication and launchings of So Ends This Day: The Portuguese in American Whaling, 1765-1927, by Donald Warrin

PASSo Ends This Day: The Portuguese in American Whaling, 1765-1927 traces the history of the American whaling industry from its seventeenth-century beginnings in Massachusetts and Long Island to its demise in the third decade of the twentieth century, while highlighting the role of its Portuguese participants. Their story begins with Joseph Swazey who, in 1765, returned to Martha’s Vineyard from an Atlantic whaling voyage, and ends with the aborted voyage of Antonio J. Mandly aboard the John R. Manta in 1927. From a few random crew members in the latter half of the 18th century, these men from the Portuguese Atlantic islands of the Azores and Cape Verde came to dominate the industry in its final decades. Their participation would ultimately determine the principal settlement patterns of the Portuguese in the U.S., especially in New England, California, and Hawaii. But it led as well to distant communities in such diverse places as Alaska, New Zealand, and the Pacific atolls. It is a story of courage and determination in a far-reaching industry in which many of these individuals advanced to positions of responsibility unparalleled among non-English-speaking immigrants to the United States.

Donald Warrin is a premier historian of the Portuguese in America. His books include Land, As Far As the Eye Can See: Portuguese in the Old West, written with Geoffrey L. Gomes, which appeared recently as Portugueses no Faroeste: Terra a Perder de Vista, published by Bertrand Editora, Lisbon. He was the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, in 2003. He has served as associate director of the Regional Oral History Office at The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, and currently continues in that program as an affiliate scholar.

Praise for So Ends This Day: The Portuguese in American Whaling, 1765-1927

“Rich with quotations from logs and journals, lavishly illustrated, and replete with never-before-heard stories, So Ends This Day is a valuable, lovingly researched contribution to the history of American whaling. It memorializes the often unacknowledged Portuguese seamen who traveled the world on Yankee whalers, jumped ship in distant places, and brought a touch of colorful romance to colonies like New Zealand.”

—Joan Druett, author of Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World

“For far too long the Portuguese contribution to American whaling has been relegated to the sidelines of history. This meticulously researched and well-written study puts the emphasis where it rightfully belongs.”

—Nathan Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

“It is gratifying that *So Ends This Day* not only undertakes a grand, historical overview of the Islands’ involvement in the blubber-hunting business, but also characterizes many of the individual person­alities, events, circumstances, and anecdotes that reveal the complexity of the whaling industry as a whole and the human character of Azorean and Cape Verdean involvement in it.”

—Stuart Frank, author of Dictionary of Scrimshaw Artists

Prof. Warrin will give illustrated talks about the Portuguese role in American whaling and sign copies of So Ends This Day on the following dates:

Thursday, June 3, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
Martha’s Vineyard Museum
59 School Street
Edgartown, MA 02539
Telephone: 508-627-4441

Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 7:30
New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hl
New Bedford, MA 02740-6398
Contact: Arthur Motta
(508) 997-0046, ext. 153

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 5 p.m.
The Stonington Historical Society
40 Palmer Street
Stonington, CT 063780
Contact: Mary Beth Baker
Telephone: 860-535-8445

Saturday, July 17, 2010
Mystic Seaport—The Museum of America and the Sea
75 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355
Contact: Paul O’pecko
Telephone: 888-973-2767

Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 2 p.m.
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
279 Main Street
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
Contact: Nomi Dayan
Telephone: 631-367-3418 x17

Sunday, July 25, 2010
Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum
200 Main Street
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Contact: Zachary N. Studenroth
Telephone: 631-725-0770

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 7 p.m.
Portuguese Fraternal Society of America
1120 East 14th Street
San Leandro, CA 94577
Contact: Tim Borges
Telephone: (510) 483-7676

The publication of So Ends This Day was sponsored in part by the Luso-American Foundation of Lisbon and the New Bedford Whaling Museum. This volume is the thirteenth in the Portuguese in the Americas Series published by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. The series documents the variety and complexity of the Portuguese-American experience by publishing books in the social sciences, history and literature.

The books in the series are distributed by Small Press Distribution of Berkeley, California, and are available for purchase at, Baker Books in Dartmouth, MA, and the UMass Dartmouth Campus Store. For more information, contact the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture by calling 508-999-8255 or sending an email to