Whaler's Cutting Spade

Description
After a whale was captured, killed, and brought alongside the mother ship, its carcass had to be processed. First, a heavy hook was set into its skin and the hook’s line was taken aboard. Set on a long wooden handle, the cutting spade was used to cut “blanket pieces,” or long, thick, wide slices of skin and blubber from the body. The whale’s flesh was then hauled aboard for further processing. This example is marked “J.D. Cast Steel.”
Object Name
spade, whaling
date made
mid-1800s
Physical Description
ferrous metal (overall material)
textile (cord material)
resin coating (cord production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 17 in x 2 3/4 in; 43.18 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
AG*237778
catalog number
237778
accession number
045474
subject
Whaling
Work
Transportation
Natural Resources
Cultures & Communities
On the Water exhibit
event
Expansion and Reform
See more items in
Work and Industry: Fisheries
On the Water exhibit
Exhibition
On the Water
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Transfer from Bureau of Fisheries
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater

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