mast hoopsSHIP & BOAT GEAR - MAST HOOPS
USA, MA, New Bedford
metal; textile; wood
Overall: 59 1/2 x 24 x 4 1/2 in.
Mast hoops from bark WANDERER, New Bedford, MA; last whaler to sail from that port. Photo of bark CHARLES W. MORGAN in left hoop; photo of bark WANDERER in right. Hoops were located at the top of the mainmast, the highest point of the ship. From here, crew kept watch for whales. On clear day, view covered over 2,000 sq. mi. of ocean - 14-1/2 miles to horizon/