Whaling Launch

Whaling-launch - Jon Sorensen

Detailed model of a typical whaling launch by Jon Sorensen

Jon Sorensen built this generic whaling launch from a kit he then modified. It is hardwood.

A whaling ship would normally carry six or more launches in which the crew would advance upon a whale intending to harpoon the beast. Many launches might be lost over the course of a four-year whaling expedition, so a boatwright might be part of the crew in order to repair or even construct new boats.

Period: 19th Century
Model length: 24”, height: 18”
Scale: 1”=1ft.

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