Whaling Harpoon Or Iron
Circa 19th Century
This forged metal harpoon with an articulated head is a long spear- like instrument used for catching whales. The harpoon or commonly called by whale men as the "iron", it acts as a hook to fasten the whale to the whaleboat. The design of the harpoon is to penetrate into the whale's bubbler to hold securely like a hook.
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Courtesy of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato