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Maritime galleries

The collections are divided into three main categories whaling; fishing and the merchant trade and concentrate on Hull's maritime activities from the late eighteenth century to the present.

Whaling originaly began in the 16th century but really took off from c.1760.  By the 1820s there were more than 60 whalers sailing out to the Arctic every season which brought back the produce, oil and baleen (whalebone), of some 600 Greenland whales. The oil was used for lamp fuel, softening coarse woollen cloths and various industrial processes including tanning.

The displays are remarkably comprehensive, showing the skeletons of various species of whale as well as the whole range of harpoons and tools used in the trade. Journals, logbooks and contemporary paintings of the ships are to be found as well as the largest collection of scrimshaw this side of the Atlantic. These decorated pieces of whalebone, walrus tusks and sperm whale teeth are the folk art of the whaler produced in his spare time aboard ship or after his return home.

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Hull Maritime Museum
Hull Culture & Leisure
Queen Victoria Square

How to find us

Tel: 01482 300 300
Fax: 01482 613 710

Opening times

Monday to Saturday
10am - 5pm

11am - 4.30pm

Last admission
15 minutes before closing

We are open bank holidays (excluding Good Friday) and closed 24 to 28 December, 31 December and 1 January.

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