Brecknock Hall to Unveil Greenport Whaling Artifacts

One scrimshaw artifact in the collection.
One scrimshaw artifact in the collection.

The Brecknock Hall Foundation continues its annual distinguished lecture series next weekend with whaling curator Michael P. Dyer, who will unlock the history of David G. Floyd’s iconic whaling career.

Dyer’s lecture, entitled “Tuthill’s Memorial: Tragedy and Triumph in Greenport’s Whaling Heyday, 1833-1860,” is free to all, and takes place at the Peconic Landing Community Center Saturday, November 14 at 3 p.m. The dialogue depicts the height of the local whaling industry, celebrating Greenport’s maritime history.

It is followed by the unveiling of never before seen artifacts that paint a picture of Floyd’s journey to Greenport. The exhibit will be on display at Brecknock Hall following the lecture. Transportation will be provided to and from the exhibit.

The newly acquired artifacts are from the Floyd Estate and include log books from the whaling shipsItaly and Prudent, which were owned by Floyd.

Michael P. Dyer is a career whaling historian and maritime curator, currently Senior Maritime Historian at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. He has been working with maritime collections in museums since 1988 and is a frequent author and presenter on topics of American whaling history. He will present highlights from the New Bedford Whaling Museum collection as well as extracts about Greenport’s whaling history from his current book of research “The Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt.”

The complementary exhibit is offered in partnership by The Southold Historical Society, The Brecknock Hall Foundation, and Peconic Landing with support from a private donor.  Oysterponds Historical Society and Suffolk County Historical Society also contributed to the exhibit.

The public is asked to RSVP by visiting or calling 631.477.3800.

The newly acquired artifacts from the Floyd Estate will be on display at Brecknock Hall through December 12. To schedule a private tour contact Ted Webb at 631.235.8681.


Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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