Each boat was fitted with a center-board, or sliding keel, which was drawn up, when not in use, into a case standing in the boat’s middle, very much in the way. But the American whalemen regard these clumsy contrivances as indispensable. The other furniture of a boat comprised of five oars of varying lengths from sixteen to nine feet, one great steering oar of nineteen feet, a mast and two sails of great area for so small a craft, spritsail shape; two tubs of whale-line containing together 1800 feet, a keg of drinking water, and another long narrow one with a few biscuits, a lantern, candles and matches therein; a bucket and “piggin” for bailing, a small spade, a flag or “wheft,” a shoulder bomb-gun and ammunition, two knives and two small axes. A rudder hung outside by the stern.
With all this gear, although snugly stowed, a boat looked so loaded that I could not help wondering how six men would be able to work in her; but like most “deep-water” sailors, I knew very little about boating. I was about to learn…
Excerpt from the book “The Cruise of the Cachalot” or Round the world after Spem Whales by Frank T. Bullen, first mate July 1897
Kit: Plank on frame construction.
Model Ship Ways. You’ll follow the original plank-on-frame method of construction in building your model. Hull planks, oar and paddle blades, tubs, casks, and rudder are accurately laser cut basswood. Authentic scale whaling gear gives this kit remarkable detail. Photo-etched copper fittings include harpoon, lance and cutting spade heads, knife blades, oarlocks, and mast hinge hardware. The kit is supported by a superb set (6 sheets) of plans and a 150-page instruction book by Erik A.R. Ronnberg, Jr. The book, To Build a Whaleboat, gives you step-by-step building instructions, design and technical data. (Display base and pedestals not included.)
Dimensions:Length:24″ Height:4-5/8″ Scale:1/16 Price: US$170.00on special US$114.95