The Bentinck Boom: its history and probable misattribution

By Frank Scott, published February 2016


The Bentinck boom was a common labour-saving feature in Greenland whalers and British coastal craft in the nineteenth century, notably the collier brigs. Its design, advantages and limitations are all discussed, as is its interesting etymology, and the probability that its invention has been incorrectly attributed to Captain John Bentinck RN as a result of the entry in Admiral Smyth’s famous Word-Book of 1867.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

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