This scrimshawed shell provides us with both information on a steamship, the Sicilian, and a love story.
The Sicilian was in service in the late 19th century… was 300 feet in length, a beam of 38 feet, 220 horse power, and had a tonnage of 1017. As the scrimshaw additionally says, it was dedicated by “J.W. to K.B.” and was “Eng. [engraved] with a pen knife by C. Ward, 29 West St. Low Hill.” What J.W conveyed to K.B. was: “Though accord may between us roll, And distant be our lot; Should we never meet again, Do forget me not.”