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Smashed by a sperm whale

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: wood engraving
Maker: Nisbet & James
Place made: United Kingdom, Greater London, London
Date made: 1875
Materials: ink; paper
Measurements: 3 3/4 in x 6 in
Nomenclature: whaling scenes
Classification: whales

Colored engraving showing a sperm whale raising its head over a small rowboat, which is being forced into the water. The whale spouts. The men are falling into the water and struggling in the waves produced by the whale's motion. The whale is spouting; there is a harpoon, its line whipping about freely, in its back. In the background are two more rowboats and a ship. Below the image is the caption, "SMASHED BY A SPERM WHALE."


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