28th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend

May 13 – 15, 2016

Participants attended the world’s only forum devoted to the indigenous shipboard art of whalers during the “Age of Sail.”  Enthusiasts arrived from across the country and abroad to enjoy this distinctive and beautiful art form. Scrimshaw Weekend Schedule (pdf)

Full scholarships were available for college students, graduate students and museum interns courtesy of Northeast Auctions of Portsmouth, N.H. Scholarships were to assist undergraduate and graduate students interested in attending. Scholarships covered the cost of attending all lectures and events.

Schedule and Events

Friday, May 13

The 7th Annual Nautical Antiques Show (Harbor View Gallery)
Noon – 5 p.m.
Early admission at 11 a.m.

 7th Annual Nautical Antiques Show
Visitors could browse high quality marine antiques from respected New England dealers: scrimshaw, nautical instruments and tools, whaling logbooks, ship models, photos, paintings, prints, and more. 

Free with Museum admission and for Scrimshaw Weekend attendees and Whaling Museum members. Add $5.00 for Early Admission.


Scrimshaw Weekend Opening Presentation 
8 p.m. Cook Memorial Theater
The Friday evening opening presentation was a tribute to some of the departed heroes of scrimshaw collecting and scrimshaw research, presented by several longtime collectors, dealers, and curators.


Saturday, May 14

Presentations and Evening Program
9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Registration began at 9 a.m. with opening remarks at 10 a.m.

Saturday’s presentations included:

  •  New Insights into the Work of the Naval Engagement Artist
  • Interesting and Instructive Scrimshaw Source Images
  • Scrimshaw in the London South Sea Whale Fishery, 1817-1860
  • Secrets of Loango Scrimshaw: The Roman Empire and Southwest Africa
  • The Accidental Bard: Whalemen’s Naïve and Sentimental Keepsakes
  • Scrimshaw Market Report, 2015-16
  • Current Status of Pending Ivory Legislation
  • American Scrimshaw Collectors Association Proceedings, 2015-16

Reception, Banquet & Evening Program
5:30 p.m. Reception
Cash Bar
Meet-and-Greet with legislators involved with pending ivory legislation
Book signing: Classic Whaling Prints by Stuart M. Frank
6:30 p.m. Dinner
8:30 p.m.
Keynote presentation 


Sunday, May 15

Seldom-Seen Scrimshaw
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Only a portion of the Whaling Museum’s scrimshaw collection is on exhibit in the galleries. In response to popular demand, Scrimshaw Weekend participants were invited to join us for an exclusive viewing of seldom-seen treasures gathered by the Old Dartmouth Historical Society since 1903 and the Kendall Collection since 1899 — hosted by the Scrimshaw Forensics® team.
Price of the
Seldom-Seen Scrimshaw was not included in Scrimshaw Weekend admission and was open only to registrants and their spouse or guest.
Cost: $40 per person and included lunch

12:30 p.m.



Registration Information

Scrimshaw Weekend: Members $315.00 Price includes Saturday banquet.
Scrimshaw Weekend: Non-Members $370.00 Price includes Saturday banquet.
Plus 1 Dinner Guest for Saturday Night $75.00
Seldom-Seen Scrimshaw (Sunday) $40.00

Social Media: #ScrimshawWeekend

Ivory Bill H1275 (PDF)
Antique Ivory Legislation News


The 28th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend is supported in part by:
Antiques & The Arts Weekly
Northeast Auctions of Portsmouth, N.H.
The Maine Antique Digest
New England Antiques Journal