Traditional clinker-built whaleboat launch, used in New Bedford up to l 1860.
Sturdy and light, with similar bow and stern, the whaleboat launch carried a crew of six and a wide range of accessories for hunting and navigation.
A whaleboat launch could be dragged by a harpooned whale for many miles before the whale tired, and sometimes it would take days to sail back to the mother ship, so the launch was always well-stocked with drinking water, food and tobacco, along with mast, sails and compass.
It includes pre-cut keel and frames; internal planking in hardwood strips; external pre-cut and preformed planking; all the accessories in wood, metal and resin, mast; instructions and construction plans.
- Assembly instructions