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The name of this barque is given as ALMA and although a number of Norwegian barques were named ALMA, I would believe that she might be this one, 1884 built at Arendal for O.B. Sørensen: https://www.sjohistorie.no/en/skip/795/

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This picture I have seen often enough described as an American whaler, and the whaling ship, the housing, the carts, the barrels of blubber or whale oil such displayed, and above all the girls' dresses, looks wholly American to me. (It certainly is not Arendal.) I will see if i can find it somewhere else. No name for the ship here, but it is taken as an American whaler: http://www.38thvoyage.org/lessons
New Bedford Public Library item: https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:rr173606r


A better reproduction of the painting of the Alma than in "Sjøhistore". https://digitaltmuseum.no/011012548575/fartoybilder-fra-agder-navn-alma-kjennetegn-jvnl-type-bark-bygget-1884

If you want information on ships from Arendal, try "Aust Agder museet".
 

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It is the whaling barque Massachusetts in the 1860's. See https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/whalingfleet/mass_shipwreck.html

I shall change the caption of the photo.
 

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