Harvey Cedars Borough - Whaling in Early Days

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Harvey Cedars Borough - Whaling in Early Days

The many cedar trees in what was known as the "Great Swamp" gave Harvey Cedars its name. Harvey Cedars was a whaling station also known as "Harvey's Whaling Quarters," where lookouts watched for whales. The whale oil would be used for lamps and the whale bone for everything from ladies' corset stays to buttons. Eventually, as the whale population decreased, whale hunting ended.