Whaling gun in bows of whale boat

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Whaling gun in bows of whale boat
Lantern slide made of glass with metal frame

Donated by Mr Robert Ferguson in 1975
Museum number 1975-2-4-57

This lantern slide shows a whaling gun in the bows of a whale boat. Weapons such as this were used for much of the 19th Century on Dundee whaling ships. By mid century they had replaced the hand held harpoons. The gun is already loaded, with a harpoon in place, and the line attaching the harpoon to the boat is plainly visible. The boat is hanging on davits from the ship, for the davit-tackle and block are seen just by the prow, and a short section of the ship's bulwark is visible on the bottom left of the picture.

Whaling gun in bows of whale boat
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