Six pronged harpoon spear used in Antarctica for whaling by British biologist and photographer George Rayner between 1927 and 1939.
This is part of Museum Victoria's collection of artefacts from the inter-war era of scientific exploration of Antarctica.
Six iron prongs attached to brass bar with short shaft. Thread at base of shaft. Prongs are embedded in block of wood for safe storage.
Statement of Significance: This is an interesting artefact from the inter-war era, representing the whaling research undertaken by George Rayner, and the early economic exploitation of the Antarctic region.
Donation from Mrs E. Rayner, 28 Jun 1984
Mr George Rayner, Grytviken, South Georgia, Antarctica, 1927-1939
Biologist with the SS Discovery on investigations in the waters of the Falkland Islands Dependencies (now South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands). Research included hydrographic surveying and whale marking.
Type of item
16.5 cm (Length), 1.8 cm (Width), 18 cm (Height)