Model of an American Steam/Sail Whaler

MO 63.1943
Model of an American Steam/Sail Whaler
Chukchi craftsmen
Northeastern Siberia, Russia
Walrus ivory, whale baleen, whale sinew, wood
19" x 28" x 7 1/2"
Model of a three masted American Whaling ship with 3 jibs at stern. Sails, deck and hull are carved from whale baleen. Six lifeboats hang from davits. The hull has a black wooden deck with a smoke stack. The rigging for the masts is made of sinew.
This model was carved from memory by a self-taught Chukchi craftsman. Such sail-steam vessels were in use in the end of the 19th century in the Chukchi Sea for whale-fishing and they would visit Russian harbors. The model was Presented to President Kennedy by Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev of the USSR after their meeting in Vienna, Austria on June 3-4, 1961. President Kennedy displayed in it in the Oval Office of the White House.
Nikita Khrushchev, Premier of the USSR (1958–64)
  • JFKPOF-023-003
  • JFKPOF-024-014
  • JFKPOF-107-011
  • JFKWHP-1961-06-20-D
National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Presidential Libraries. John F. Kennedy Library. (04/01/1985- )
Donated to the United States