Tuesday, April 26, 2016


I made this replica based on the sea chests that could be found on whaling ships, although they were used on all sorts of vessels, both military and commercial. Due to lack of space, all the sailors wordly possessions had to fit in this often simple box. Some of the more elaborate ones had nautical paintings on the lid. In this case I elected to fill the box with the tools of trade for a scrimshaw artist.

Whaling has been on my mind since reading The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex, the true account of the disaster on which Moby Dick was based. It was written by First Mate Owen Chase. The story was recently brought to the screen in "In the Heart of The Sea"

I'm pretty sure I got the tools from Pete and Pam Boorum of Smallerthanlife.

The scale is 1/12, 1 inch = 1 foot


Took inspiration (and the painting) from this beauty from the San Francisco Maritime Museum, which says the following:

One more thing (to quote Columbo), an excellent edition of Owen Chase's account came out recently, called "The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex: The Complete Illustrated Edition".  It has outstanding illustrations and annotations.

Even better is the graphic when you remove the dust cover:

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