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It’s not every day that a lithograph from The Huntington’s collections is used to publicize a major archaeological discovery. But that’s what happened last month, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration posted one of The Huntington’s prints on their website to announce they had found the hulls of two out of 33 American whaling vessels that had sunk in the Arctic Ocean in the late 19th-century.

Read on in “A Whale of a Discovery” on VERSO.

shown above: Plates 1-5 of Abandonment of the whalers in the Arctic Ocean Sept. 1871, 1872, hand-colored lithographs. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Theodore G. and Eleanor S. Congdon Maritime Collection.