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Rare! handcrafted Whaling Skiff BUILDER’S MODEL

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An outstanding nautical relic from the 19th century heyday of New England whaling, this handmade construction model of the classic skiff design longboat will make an eye-catching addition to any quality period oceanic grouping. A rarely seen builder’s pre-construction model measures approximately 28 inches long X 7 inches wide with the telltale bow-beam reinforcement, flat bottom and square stern design of a New England harpooner’s skiff and would have served not only as a working model for the builder but as a sales model. Entirely hand fashioned of thinly block planed, one piece sections, iron pinned, and finished with a thick coat of natural bug-shellac, the piece offers good evidence of its hand construction. Square at the stern with a flat bottom and a beam reinforced bow to withstand strain placed on the skiff style whaling longboat of a successful harpooner and crew as the craft is drawn through a churning sea by an angry wounded whale. Referred to as a Nantucket sleighride by contemporaries, the occasion was the immediate result of a whale’s attempt to flee when struck by the tethered lance of a skilled harpooner. Secured to the now imbedded harpoon the coiled tether line would whir through the air as it left the skiff until it became as taught as a bow string fastening the little vessel and its crew to a very determined whale. The monster could drag the boat at speeds approaching 25 miles per hour with some species known to dive taking the longboat and occupants fathoms beneath the surface. The duration of the Nantucket sleighride depended solely upon when the whale became too exhausted to continue the fight. Once ended the sailors, if alive and able would kill the beast and harvest the oil.
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