Small wooden whaleboat named 'Sisters' - Unknown Artists (1813)

There were usually six whaleboats on each whale ship, launched , complete with a crew of six, to look out for whales, and when whales were spotted from the ship’s crow’s nest. The harpooner stood at the front. This model whaleboat, complete with six oars, whose Union Jack is hoisted, to signal a successful catch, is made from whale bone, and, thanks to its wave-like, decoration, resembles a number of different kinds of whales.  The red  bow of the boat recalls the open mouth of a blue whale, while the piebald bow recalls killer whales and hourglass dolphins.

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