Whale Hoist Patent Model

Description
After some species of whales were killed, their carcasses sank. Other species, like the right whale, floated. A whale that sank represented a major loss to the whaleship crews, who had risked their lives to capture the creatures.
To prevent this sort of loss and maximize a whaleship’s efficiency, Thomas Roys of the whaling port of Southampton, on Long Island, N.Y., patented an apparatus for “Raising Dead Whales From the Bottom of the Sea.” There is little evidence that many American whalers tried the device or that it found widespread use in the industry.
Object Name
harpoon
harpoon patent model
Date made
1862
patentee
Roys, Thomas W.
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 in x 12 1/2 in x 2 in; 7.62 cm x 31.75 cm x 5.08 cm
whaling port
United States: New York, Southampton
ID Number
AG*332326
catalog number
332326
accession number
94380
patent number
35476
subject
Whaling
Transportation
Natural Resources
Cultures & Communities
Work
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
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater

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