Whaler's Head Spade

Description
Once a whale was caught, killed, and brought alongside the mother ship, the outer flesh and fat layer, or blubber, was peeled off the carcass. Then the remains were drawn onto the vessel’s deck for further processing.
The heavy head spade was used for decapitating the whale, by chopping through the vertebrae at the base of the animal’s skull. Then the head and bone could be further processed.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (part: handle material)
Measurements
overall: 149 cm x 7 cm; 58 11/16 in x 2 3/4 in
ID Number
1990.0018.102
catalog number
1990.0018.102
accession number
1990.0018
subject
Whaling
related event
Expansion and Reform
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Work and Industry: Fisheries
Work
Cultures & Communities
Natural Resources
On the Water exhibit
Transportation
Exhibition
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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