Monday, October 28, 2013

Ship and Whale Models, New Bedford Whaling Museum

Whale Boat

One of the many ship models
A human skeleton compared to a whale. Just in time for halloween
The Museum had some fantastic skeleton models of whales. They have the skeletons from whales washed up on shore in the New England Area. They give you a look at just how big these creatures are! Especially, compared to a human.

The Museum also has a great collection of ship models and one that is actually half the size of a real ship. It was fun to walk around the small ship. I got a feel for what it was like to be on a boat such as this

One treat was to see the actually size of a small whale boat that were used in pursuing whales. I have read the book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick. The author describes the whale boats but it is great to see one in person. The Book is  a true story about a whale fighting back leaving the survivors of the ship wreck floating on whale boats in the Pacific. This is a fascinating book and give you a peek into the culture of Nantucket long ago and it's history of Whaling

I am so glad we don't do whaling anymore!

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