I saw the preview for that show. Looks very interesting.
If you are interested in old-time whaling, check out this PBS how:
One thing that struck me was that they said something I've been saying about Moby-**** for years... It's very much like a science fiction story. A group of intrepid men embark on a technologically unusual ship into the unknown to confront an alien, possibly intelligent life form.
I'm trying to find out if it's true that the Hubble telescope really uses whale oil as a lubricant because it doesn't gum up like "normal" petroleum in the extreme conditions of space. Some say yes, some say no.