Seaman sitting on deck and splicing a foreganger line onto a harpoon

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Seaman sitting on deck and splicing a foreganger line on to a harpoon.
Lantern slide made of glass

Museum number 1972-351-8

This lantern slide shows a bearded seaman sitting on the deck of a whaling ship and splicing a foreganger line on to a harpoon. The foreganger line attached the harpoon to the actual whale line - it was the line that 'went before.' The harpooner is wearing a white jacket and a fur hat, and he is working with a 'fid' - a long spike rather like a large knitting needle. He has a coil of rope on either side of him.

Seaman sitting on deck and splicing a foreganger line onto a harpoon
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