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”