Scrimshaw for presentation, Scott Carlin

Vol 42 no 3, August 2020
Article from Vol 42 no 3, August 2020

Scrimshaw for presentation, Scott Carlin


Colin Thomas, Australiana Society Tasmanian Branch Chair, has assembled a scrimshaw collection with the scope and quality of institutional collections in the former whaling centres of New Bedford in Massachusetts1 and Hull in Yorkshire.2 Thomas’s collection encompasses the breadth of scrimshaw from tools to maintain the majestic rigging of the whaling ships to sailors’ gifts to their sweethearts. An earlier article focused on how his collection tells the story of whaling in Tasmania.3 This second article looks at scrimshaw made for presentation.

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