Whale boats were very important to exploration. The design was lighter and could be pulled out of the water much easier by their crew. The Elizabeth was used for exploration by Captain James Kelly, known as the ‘father and founder’ of whaling. He set off with four convicts from Hobart to complete a circumnavigation of Van Diemen’s Land. Kelly captained the smaller whale boat, which was normally carried on the larger whaling ship and would have had a crew of 4 oarsmen and a man on the rudder.
The Boat was borrowed from the magistrate of Pittwater, Major James Gorden, who had named the boat after his wife, Elizabeth
Whale boats were used the world over as a fast and seaworth vessel. See this one in the Bass and Flinders Centre
Very knowledgeable staff members and a well set out display. I would not have gone in but my partner thought it would be good and he was right; I found it interesting.