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
Work
Whaling
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
Mackey & Pindar
referenced
Brown, James Temple. The Whale Fishery and Its Appliances
Publication title
On the Water online exhibition
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthewater

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