Scrimshaw, The Whalers’ Art LIVE!

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During long voyages when they were not pursuing whales, the whalers often turned to scrimshaw as a way to pass the time. The art form involved engraving images, some very detailed, on whale teeth or bone, not a simple endeavor on a tossing ship. The results were often spectacular. Join us, with or without a mug of grog, to learn more about this unique shipboard art and to get an up-close look at the highlights of the NHA’s extensive scrimshaw collection.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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