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The barque KING OSCAR attacked by a whale

Date: 1872
Image: 89 x 145 mm
Sight: 95 x 150 mm
Overall: 430 x 240 mm, 0.005 kg
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Engraving
Object No: 00031622
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    Page from the Illustrated Sydney News & New South Wales Agriculturist and Grazier Saturday 20 February 1872. Two illustrations accompany the text, the lower one is titled 'The barque KING OSCAR attacked by a whale'.
    HistoryThe barque KING OSCAR was struck and damaged by a 'large bull sperm whale' on 15 December 1871 off Cape Howe, during a voyage from Hobart to Newcastle. The artist had little knowledge of whales depicting the 'monster' with two spouts, a dorsal fin, and a vertical tail fluke, while failing to show the characteristic square head of the sperm whale.

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