The Nantucket sleighride ornament is made from safe, lead-free pewter. This pewter piece is oval in shape with a unique rim that has been sculpted to reflect rope. Engraving reads "Nantucket Sleigh Ride." Red ribbon at the top to hang ornament. Handcrafted in Massachusetts.
The Nantucket sleigh ride was a term used by Nantucket whale men to describe what occurs immediately following the harpooning of a whale. The whale, realizing it had been harpooned, would attempt to flee and drag the whaleboat along with it.
The speed of the “sleigh ride” would depend on the species of the whale. The resulting thrill ride for the sailors would last as long as the whale could swim before it became exhausted.