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Courtesy of the Trustees of the New Bedford Free Public Library

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About this artifact

In 1905, Clifford W. Ashley created several drawings and paintings to record the world of whalemen. This charcoal on paper drawing shows men repairing a whaleship, caulking, or pounding oakum (made from old hemp ropes) between the planks to keep water from getting into the ship.

Clifford W. Ashley

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