The first umbrellas in Europe were made of wood or whalebone, and were covered with oiled canvas.
Plaque by Karel van Mander commemorating whalebone given to Haarlem by Jan Huyghen van Linschoten from Willem Barentsz expedition.
The toughness, lightness, strength, and elasticity of whalebone gave it a wide variety of uses.
Dagenham and Rainham : Chadwell Heath, Eastbrook, Elm Park, Heath, Rainham and Wennington, River, South Hornchurch, Village, whalebone.
In the 19th century, steel and whalebone were favored for the boning.
To pass the time, some sailors used the leftover whalebone to make homecoming gifts for their friends and loved ones.