Voyage to the Arctic: A Whaler's Tale

Teachers' notes

This resource explores the history of whaling and Hullís whaling industry, how whales were caught and processed, the products of whaling and life and work onboard a whaling ship. It also explores global whaling issues today and provides links for further exploration.


Voyage to the Arctic has been developed by Hull Museum Education in partnership with Hull History Centre (City Archives and Local Studies Library) and is designed to support current curriculum developments in thematic and skills-based learning.


This resource supports Hull Museum Educationís exciting new led session "Voyage to the Arctic: A Whaler's Tale", based at Hull Maritime Museum (see Led sessions at Hull Maritime Museum page).


Key themes

  • History of whaling
  • Hull's whaling industry
  • Methods of whaling
  • Products of whaling
  • Life and work onboard
  • Scrimshaw
  • The end of the whaling industry
  • Whaling issues today

Curriculum Links

KS1/KS2 History

KS1/KS2 Geography

KS1/KS2 Citizenship

Hull Museum Education would like to thank the following people for supporting this My Learning resource:

Arthur Credland, Keeper of Maritime History, Hull Museums 

Robin Diaper, Assistant Keeper of Maritime History, Hull Museums

Caroline Rhodes, Hull Museum Documentation Team
Lauren Marshall, Hull Museum Documentation Team

Fenella Gerry and staff at WDCS (Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society)

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Comment on this page

  • Posted by Tom Goulder on 05/07/2010

    Hi. This is a painting by Thomas Binks of the Dauntless which was lost in 1829. We have on display in Hull Maritime Museum a model of the Swan and a log book from 1817. You can also see images of these and find out more information on our Museum Collections website which you can find by clicking the link at

  • Posted by Nicki Moss on 16/05/2010

    M ancestor Noah Dobson was a whaler who sailed on the Swan and the Isabella 2during the 1800's. I am in possession of some wonderful poetry he wrote and would be very interested to know if this is a picture of the ship he sailed on, or if anyone has any info which may be relevant to me I would be really grateful.

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