Collection Facts

Historical Context

The objects in the tool collection were assembled through various donations during the Museum’s 80-year history.

General woodworking tools include awls, augers, planes, and race knives. These tools were used in a wide variety of trades including aboard whaleships.

Maritime tools include caulking irons, sailmaker’s needles, and fids. These tools were used at sea on many types of vessels.

Whaling tools include various harpoons and boat spades. These specialized tools were used to hunt and process the whale on board a whaleship.

Scope of Collection

The collection consists of 19th and early 20th harpoons, maritime tools, and woodworking tools. Much of the material dates to the mid-18th century with several more modern pieces. It was assembled to illustrate Long Island’s rich maritime history.