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Scrimshaw walrus tusk depicting the voyages of the FLYING SCUD

Date: 1853-1863
Overall: 714 x 38 mm, 1714 g
Medium: Walrus tusk
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Scrimshaw
Object No: 00046689

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    This walrus tusk is engraved with images relating to the clipper ship FLYING SCUD. The scrimshaw on the tusk is highly detailed with complex engraving scenes. The images chronicle the voyages of the engraver onboard the Flying Scud over a period of years. The FLYING SCUD stopped at Melbourne in 1854.
    SignificanceThis is a remarkable example of a large and highly detailed scrimshaw walrus tusk which documents the voyage of a vessel which docked in Australia.
    HistoryThe FLYING SCUD, built in 1853 by Metcalf & Norris, Damariscotta, was launched at the shipyard of Metcalf & Norris on 2 November 1853. In 1854 it was sold in New York for $100. On 28 September 1854 FLYING SCUD sailed from New York under the command of Captain Warren Bearse, Hyannis for Melbourne where it arrived after 80 days. From 14 April - 4 July 1856 FLYING SCUD sailed from New York to Bombay and on 26 September 1859 it sailed from Bombay to Liverpool. From 28 February - 27 June 1862 it sailed from New York to San Fransico and in April 1863 was sold to J. Thomason, Liverpool, and renamed CESTRIAN.
    Additional Titles

    (not entered): Scrimshaw walrus tusk

    Web title: Scrimshaw walrus tusk depicting the voyages of the FLYING SCUD

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