New England Whaler character jug produced by Claudia, likely a local studio amateur artist, in the United States circa 1970. The New England Whaler is a professional fisherman on the East Coast of the United States specializing in harvesting whales. Commercial whaling in the United States dates to the 17th century in New England. The industry peaked in 1846-1852, and New Bedford, Massachusetts, sent out its last whaler, the John R. Mantra, in 1927. The Whaling industry was engaged with the production of three different raw materials: whale oil, spermaceti oil, and whalebone. Rising from the depths of the ocean, a majestic whale forms the handle of the jug.