Whale Boat

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Model by Artesanía Latina that presents one of the rowing boats that accompanied the great whalers. From these light boats, the harpoonists approached the whales in order to hunt them.

TECHNICAL DATA

Technical Data

Name Morgan’s Whaleboat
Description Rowing boat used by the harpoonists to approach whales.
Design Artesanía Latina
Scale 1:25
Measures (mm) Length: 320, Beam: 75, Height: 24
Date 1997
Hours 100
Comments

Small boat with many details, including:

  • Five oars, so they have different lengths.
  • Bow and stern have the same exact shape, to favor both the normal and backwards row.
  • Folding mast to facilitate the maneuvering of the harpooners and the backwards row, once they had the whale at see.
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HISTORY

History

The great whaling ships that sailed the oceans in the 19th century were equipped with fragile but fast boats from which the harpooners demonstrated their bravery.

These small boats had the same shape in bow and stern, to facilitate both forward and ciaboga (backward).

By means of a sail hoisted on a folding mast, they approached the whale at full speed, after launching the harpoons, lowering the sail, folding the mast and letting themselves be dragged by the whale.

Mortally wounded by several harpoons, after a long time of maneuver (sometimes several hours) the whale was dragged towards the sailboat that was waiting at a certain distance. There it was hoisted to be dismembered and where its meat was prepared for the return trip.

Frequently, the whales attacked the fragile boats and their crew (five rowers, the helmsman and a harpooner) were drowned.

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