Captain Clough is focus of upcoming program at Oak Bluffs library


The Oak Bluffs Public Library announces John Clough, the great-grandson of Captain Benjamin Clough, will be leading a lecture in the library meeting room on Saturday, November 9 from 2 to 3 pm. According to a press release, Captain Benjamin Clough is well-known for single-handedly rescuing the whale ship Sharon from mutineers on his fifth whaling voyage in 1842. The lecture will focus on Captain Clough’s connection to Martha’s Vineyard, his journals, and his voyages.

John Clough will present with guest Paul Magid, who is collecting data to write a biography of the captain. Clough and Magid will touch on the mutiny, and a detailed personal version will be distributed to the audience. Emphasis, however, will be placed on other voyages and activities, including three additional journals to expand understanding of the man, flavor of the whaling life, and details of the industry. 

Also on display will be an original whaling journal that participants may glance through, a few whale teeth, a whale stamp, and other small items, as well as some whaling related books,

Light snacks will be provided by the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs. The Oak Bluffs Public Library is located at 56R School Street in Oak Bluffs, MA.

For more information about the lecture, please visit, or phone 508-693-9433.