On the Water

Whaler's Head Spade

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.

ID Number:
1990.0018.102
Dimensions:
149 cm x 7 cm; 58 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in

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