Whaler's Blubber Fork

Description
Once a whale was killed and its blubber was cut up and hauled aboard the ship for processing, the chunks of flesh were moved around the slippery vessel with long-handled, two-tined blubber forks. These forks were used to pitch the pieces of minced blubber into the hot try-pots to boil it down into oil. The long handles prevented sore backs from too much bending over and protected the men from getting too close to the boiling oil.
Object Name
blubber fork
date made
mid-1800s
Physical Description
iron (fork material)
wood (handle material)
Measurements
overall: 38 in x 2 3/8 in x 1 7/16 in; 96.52 cm x 5.99999 cm x 3.59994 cm
ID Number
AG*055818
catalog number
055818
accession number
012285
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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