South Sea Whale Fishery

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Allan Forbes Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: Sutherland, Thomas; Huggins, William John
Place made: United Kingdom, Greater London, London
Date made: 1825
Materials: ink; color; paper; board
Measurements: 17 in x 21 in
Nomenclature: whaling scenes
Classification: whales

A whaling scene depicting two vessels, Amelia Wilson and Castor. Some narration is given in-plate: "The Head of a large Whale in the Agonies of Death.," "A Boat destroy'd by a Wounded Whale." Depicts whaling activities off the Indonesian island of Buru, near present-day Suluwesi. At the time the expression "South Sea fishery" related to all oceans below the southern tip of Greenland. Below image: "London, Published January 1, 1825 by W.J. Huggins, Marine Painter; No. 105 Leadenhall St. (late form no. 36)." Extended title: "A representation of the Ships Amelia Wilson & Castor off the island of Bouro, with their boats & Crew in the various process of Fishing, shewing the manner The Spermacetti Whales are caught, also the manner of cutting them into the Ship & Boiling the Oil upon deck. This plate is most respectfully dedicated to Ph. Skelton, And.w Stirton, Wm. Nichols Esqrs, owners of the said ships by their most obedient humble servant W.J. Huggins." Various stages of the whale hunt are depicted in the foreground: crewmen pose to harpoon a whale; others wait for the whale to die before hauling them to the main whaleship; and some are thrown into the water after their boat got attacked by a wounded whale.


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thumbnail South Sea Whale Fishery. A Representation of Ships Amelia Wilson and Castor off the Island of Bouro with their boats and crew in the various processes of fishing showing the manner the Spermaceti Whales are caught also the mode of cutting them...
Sutherland, Thomas; Huggins, William John

Related Vessels

thumbnail Amelia Wilson
thumbnail Castor