A large scrimshaw whale's tooth, New Zealand /Australia; 19th century engraved with an image of the three masted whaling ship 'Pacific' and compass points formed by intersecting harpoons inscribed 28th January 1860, Captain Sherburd, reverse inscribed with a poem which reads Sudden death to our best friends. Success to their killers long life to our Sailors' wives and greasy luck to the whalers. Length 20 cm, the whaling ship Pacific under the command of Captain Sherburd was reported in the Otago Daily Times as sinking on the 1st of February 1864 at Patterson's inlet on Stewart Island in a heavy westerly gale, the Pacific was recorded as being registered in Hobart Town, Tasmania.
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