14297 Destruction of the Whaling Fleet in the Arctic
"Destruction of the Whaling Fleet in the Arctic Ocean", a wood engraving from Sketches by Captain Kelley, of the "Gayhead" published in Harper's Weekly, and then reprinted in 1872 by Edwin Dews. This scarce print shows a General View of the Arctic Whaling Fleet and 3 smaller detailed vignettes.
14 1/2 in. x 21 1/4 in., sight. In a bird's eye maple frame with archival matting. See: Ingalls, Whaling Prints in the Francis B. Lothrop Collection. pg. 162, and Brewington, Kendall Whaling Museum Prints, pg. 10.
This print depicts the worst experience ever sustained by the large Arctic whaling fleet. Of 40 American vessels going north that year, 33 were crushed in the ice and lost with their cargos of whale products. Amazingly there was no loss of life. Over 1200 men, women, and children sailed away from their doomed vessels in whaleboats and were rescued by those vessels which escaped the ice.