Talk scheduled on whaling captains of color

Feb 28, 2022

The Sippican Historical Society and the Mattapoisett Museum will co-sponsor a Zoom presentation by author Skip Finley on his recently published book, “Whaling Captains of Color: America’s First Meritocracy’’ at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24.

Finley is a former broadcasting executive who was responsible for more than 40 American radio stations and experienced success in all areas of radio. He currently works in marketing at the Vineyard Gazette Media Group on Martha’s Vineyard, where he has summered since 1955.

For five years Finley wrote the weekly Oak Bluffs Town Column and he is a contributor to several publications in the areas of whaling and history.

To request the Zoom link for the March 24 presentation, online at or Space for this presentation is limited to 100 participants.

There is no charge for Speaker Series presentations, but donations are welcome to offset the speakers’ fees and to support the work of the society and museum. 

A secure donation may be made via PayPal to the Sippican Historical Society at www.sippicanhistoricalsociety/speaker-series-oral-histories or Mattapoisett Museum at www.givebutter/MattapoisettMuseum.

Copies of the book may be purchased in the Sippican Historical Society Shop. For more information, contact the historical society at or the museum at