gltysk: The bark Wanderer before the wind. Built in 1878, she was the last ship ever launched from the shipyards at Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. Many shipyards suffered after petroleum was discovered and then the Civil War, as demand for whaleships fell. Scan from Albert Cook Church’s Whale Ships and Whaling. I would just like to reiterate that this was the last whaleship to leave New Bedford. In 1924.