Amos Smalley (1877 - 1961)
The most famous of the Wampanoag whalers - Amos Smalley, the hapooner who brought in the White Whale - believed to be Melville's Moby Dick. Amos was born in Aquinnah in 1877. At fifteen, Amos went to sea on the New Bedford whaler. He spent four years on Pearl Nelson. Then, two years later, he sailed out on the Bark Platina, in July of 1902, south of the Azores, that he hapooned the 90 foot-long great white whale. This rare, and fear-inspiring being, was believed to be over 100 years old and ran more than 80 barrels of oil.