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Mitchell & Croasdale, successors to G.W. Ridgway & Co., dealers in sperm, whale, lard, & tanners oil, candles, rice, &c. No. 30 n[or]th wharves, above Arch St. Philadelphia, [1856]

Advertisement depicting a whale hunt. Whalers in two small whaling boats attack a large sperm whale with harpoons. One boat has capsized over the tail of the mammal causing the crew to be dumped into the ocean. The whale spills blood from its wounds. The whalers’ mother ship, a large sailing vessel, waits in the calm waters to the right of the image. Another boat departs from the mother ship.

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Taken on May 11, 2010