BlueJacket New Bedford Whaleboat



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BlueJacket New Bedford Whaleboat

New Bedford, Massachusetts, has a rich history in the whaling industry, particularly during the 19th century when it was one of the world’s leading whaling ports. The New Bedford whaleboat ship played a crucial role in the success of the whaling industry in the region.

Whaleboats were small, sturdy boats used by whalers to approach and harpoon whales from the larger whaling vessels. The New Bedford whaleboat was known for its durability, versatility, and speed, making it well-suited for the challenging and dangerous task of whale hunting.

These whaleboats were typically around 25 feet long and were manned by a crew of six to eight individuals, including a harpooner, oarsmen, and a boatsteerer. The boats were equipped with harpoons, lances, and other tools necessary for capturing and processing whales.

New Bedford whaleboats were used in various aspects of the whaling process, from locating and harpooning whales to towing the carcasses back to the main whaling ship for processing. The success and efficiency of these whaleboats contributed significantly to the profitability of the whaling industry in New Bedford.

The decline of the whaling industry in the late 19th century led to the eventual retirement of the New Bedford whaleboats. However, the legacy of these iconic vessels lives on in museums, historical reenactments, and maritime enthusiasts who continue to celebrate and preserve the history of whaling in New Bedford.

BlueJacket New Bedford Whaleboat Kit

BlueJacket has recently updated the kit to include lasercut wood boards to make a more historically accurate whaleboat model. The kit also includes a wide array of fittings, plans, diagrams and detailed instruction manual. Pictured but possibly not included in the kit are pedestals, bases, cases, paint, tools and glue.

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Additional information

Weight 5 lbs