I asked him why he carried such a troublesome thing with him ashore, and whether all whaling ships
did not find their own harpoons.
We do know that it developed at sea on board whaling ships
whose sailors used their spare time carving whale bones to replace or make new tools and various wooden parts of the ship, sometimes ever a chair or stool, and there exist early 19th century ships' journals in which the captains refer to this type of work as scrimshaw.
Archaeologists announced this week they found the fleet of the nearly 144-year-old whaling ships
this fall off the coast of Alaska using sensing and sonar technology, ABC News (http://abcnews.
In the filing in a Seattle court last week, the two groups sought an injunction against Sea Shepherd, an environmental group that has pursued Japan's whaling ships
during their Antarctic hunts over the past few years.
According to a statement by the Japanese Fisheries Agency, Sea Shepherd blocked the whaling ships
in the Antarctic Ocean from Saturday evening to Sunday morning Japan time, with one of the Japanese ships receiving minor damage.
Tokyo: Two Japanese whaling ships
and a surveillance vessel left Saturday for the annual hunt in the Antarctic Sea, Kyodo News said.
Malcolm said: "During the French wars of the 18th century and the American wars later on, privateers would target the whaling ships
because they had a very valuable cargo.
A lot of whaling ships
left from Hull, Whitby and Newcastle, with experienced crews being picked up in the Orkneys and Shetland Islands, so there is certainly a great connection to this region.
Earlier this week, the US Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Sea Shepherd to stop its aggression against Japanese whaling ships
, describing the protesters' tactics as piracy.
In the fall of 1897, five whaling ships
laid anchor at Point Barrow Station, at the northernmost point of Alaska, waiting out an unseasonable ice storm.
HISTORY Whaling ships
recorded ice changes in the Arctic PROJECT PhD student Matthew Ayre, from Tynemouth, is hoping to seek out vital information
Other times the boats form a blockade, preventing whaling ships
from loading their hauls aboard or frustrating them enough to induce them to turn home.