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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Harpoon shaft

Accession no.: Y: 2008/32/13
Object name: Harpoon shaft
Title: Harpoon shaft
Description: A broken end of a harpoon shaft found on the shingle spit between Svend Foyn Island and Base Island, and associated with the wreck of the Guvernøren. It was found near four anchor pickets.
Classified name:
SPRI theme hunting and fishing
UDC 639.245.1
Geographic UDC (*726.53)
Getty AAT harpoons
Field collection:
Date 14/12/2001
Place Antarctic regions > British Antarctic Territory > Maritime Antarctic > Antarctic Peninsula > Danco Coast > Svend Foyn Harbour
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A harpoon head (for a harpoon gun). It has three barbed arms which fold, two of which are still present. It has a screw thread at one end. It is heavily corroded.

  • Width: 125mm, length: 500mm, depth: 150mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: Norwegian whaling voyage (from Sandefjord) 1915 (Guvernøren) (1915 - 1915)