National Geographic : 1961 Jun
KODACHROMES ) NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICSOCIETY With lifeless eye, a whaler's widow sights through her long glass for the husband who never returns. Faithful Mrs. Howes, who stands atop the Captain's House in Edgartown, is a dressmaker's dummy that deceives many a passer-by. Enduring all sorts of weather, she gets an occasional new wardrobe. Decorating a whaler's journal, flukes symbolize Retired octant, forerunner of the sextant, whales sighted, full-bodied "fish" those taken by the lights a table in the Captain's House. Once ship Canton. Mementos include harpoon head, Eski- it guided a whaling master on his three mo shoes, and scrimshaw, an etched whale tooth. year voyages in search of oil.