Story: Whaling

Shooting the harpoon (1st of 3)

Shooting the harpoon

Once whalers had sighted a whale they would hurl a harpoon attached to a rope, as shown in this 1814 aquatint etching by John Hewside Clark.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0005
Etching with aquatint, hand coloured by John Hewside Clark

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Whaling - Pursuit and capture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/6258/shooting-the-harpoon (accessed 26 June 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006