Photograph - 'Taking Blubber Off Whale', by George Rayner, Unknown Location, circa 1927-1939 Image Reg. No: ST 041534

Photograph of a Whaling Station probably taken by George Rayner, at an unknown location - possibly on one of the sub-antarctic islands.
Description Of Content:
Depicts four men using long-handled flensing tools to strip the blubber off a whale carcass. The activity is taking place on a timber planked landing platform or slipway. Behind to the left is a tall three-storey corrugated-iron clad shed, while to the right is what appears to be a boilerhouse with three tall smokestacks, possibly part of a boiling down plant. In the background there is also a large tank (possibly used for storing whale oil) and a lot of associated pipework. In the foreground are the chains used to drag the whale carcass up onto the landing platform for processing. One man is standing on the whale.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs E. Rayner, 1984
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 5.8 cm (Height), 8.4 cm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: antarctic exploration, antarctic research, antarctica, expeditions, factories, whales
Themes this item is part of: Antarctica Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Transport Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Fishing, Sealing & Whaling
Tertiary Classification: processing
Inscriptions: Caption written on reverse of photograph reads: "TAKING BLUDDER (sic) OFF WHALE"
People Depicted: Rayner, George
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place Depicted: Antarctica (?)
Creator: Mr George Rayner, 1927-1939

Biologist with the SS Discovery on investigations in the waters of the Falkland Islands Dependencies. Research included hydrographic surveying and whale marking.

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