Anonymous

1744

A Whale Female and the Windlass whereby the Whales are brought on shore

A Whale Female and the Windlass whereby the Whales are brought on shore

DESCRIPTION: Fine antique copper-plate engraving of a dead whale lying on the Greenland shore prior to flensing. A worker has marked a grid on the whale and is about to begin work removing the blubber with a large flensing tool. Shore-based flensing or cutting of the whales flesh was the method used by Nantucketers during their early shore fishery . As the fishery moved offshore flensing was conducted by bringing the whale alongside the whaling ship. Illustrates Monck's "Account of a Most Dangerous Voyage to Greenland".

Shows windlasses, a sled, anchor, and flensing tools used to haul the carcass ashore and remove the whale's blubber.

Originally published in 1619, this state is from Churchill's Collection of Voyages & Travel (1744) vol. I. Page 444.

CREATOR: Anonymous

PUBLICATION DATE: 1744

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Greenland

BODY OF WATER: N/A

CONDITION: Very good.  Good platemark and wide margins. No folds, tears, or condition issues. Very clean and bright considering the age of this engraving.

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: Unknown

SIZE: 10 " x 6 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 1

PRICE: $275



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