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Harpooner Hat, Denim


Celebrate maritime history and innovation with the Harpooner Hat, exclusively available at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. This baseball hat features an intricately embroidered Temple toggle harpoon, a revolutionary design by African-American blacksmith Lewis Temple in 1848. This harpoon became a whaling standard and replaced the fixed-point "two flue" and "single flue" harpoons that were widely used previously.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum has one of only a few Temple toggle irons that is known to be made by the inventor himself in our permanent collection (2001.100.4122). Honor the legacy of Temple and the rich maritime heritage of New Bedford with this iconic hat. Get yours now!