This pane of three blank checks from The Marine Bank of New Bedford bear the same image of an engraving depicting a Sperm Whale, on its back, straddled by two whale boats, and a distant whale ship approaching in the back ground. The dynamic image shows one whale boat in the process of being stove by the whale, while the second is intent on lancing the whale. The artist of this engraving is marked, 'Howlands”. The Marine Bank checks are marked with a partial date of “185_” and would have been issued at the height of New Bedford's whaling activity. This bank was located on Union Street, near the corner of 2nd Street, just two blocks about the whaling wharves. Many whale men used this institution for their banking. The checks are in excellent condition, having no tears, or marks, and suffer just minor fading at the stub ends. Fine.