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‘Leviathan’ Scrimshaw Shell

Year 1857
Object no. LDBRU:2018.20
Size 182mm (w) x 156mm (h) x 113mm (d)
Location OFF - not on display
Acquired Gift
S. J. and J. M. Gates (on behalf of Rita Belson)
Shell engraved with a picture of a steam vessel, captioned: ‘Steam ship Leviathan. Designed by I.K. Brunel Esqr. F.R.S. Built by I.J. Russel Esq. Launch 31 Jany. 1856. Tonnage 24000 tons, Power 2600 horses, Length 690 feet, depth 60 ft.’ The shell has had the outer surface polished to reveal the mother-of-pearl.
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