|Dimensions L x H x W||30 × 70 × 15 cm|
Open Whaler 1850 Boat Kit
The whaling industry in the 1800’s really took off after an increased demand in a variety of materials obtained through hunting whales. People in the 1800’s didn’t have access to a vital raw material that we know take for granted, petroleum. Therefore, whale oil was used as a supplement for lighting lamps in homes and cities. During this period of history, both the European and American populous were growing rapidly and more homes meant more demand.
Additionally, whales were a source of a boney substance called baleen, which was used for women’s corsets, hairbrushes, buggy whips, collar stays and a whole variety of different other products. It’s no surprise then that the whaling industry grew at an alarming rate during the 1800’s and led to an increased production in vessels of this type. The vessels used sail propulsion to catch their pray and were very fast on open waters. The shape and size of the hull allowed the boat to be agile, an important quality for catching whales, whose path could change at any moment.
The crews that manned these ships were often at great danger, as you can probably imagine. Once a whale was sighted, the signal was given for an immediate pursuit onboard a whaler ship just like this one pictured above. Crews who successfully harpooned and caught a whale were given special honours and prizes as a reward for their catch.
Mantua Models have managed to beautifully reconstruct a model replica of a typical 1800’s whaler boat. This model kit contains all the pieces necessary to finish and complete the model. Parts are pre-cut using laser technology to achieve total accuracy. The kit is produced by Mantua Model Group, who has a good reputation amongst model makers for producing both high quality and accurate models. If you have any questions about this kit, please feel free to contact us by clicking here. If you would like to view other models by Mantua, please click here.