Whaling fleet in port at Grangemouth Docks

John Peat Munn
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Annotated on reverse "Whalers from Sth Georgia. A close season picture The bow with harpoon guns on right greatly enhances this picture. Taken 1936" View of whalers tied up in port. Each has a tall funnel, a crow's nest high up in the mast and an open framework tower. On the bow of a ship can be seen a harpoon gun, a cable hawse atop the stem, and the rivets holding the ship's plates together.
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The ships' paintwork is in a poor state but one name is visible - the 'Bouvet' registered at Leith. There was a Whale Fishing Company based at Grangemouth by the mid 18th century, where whale blubber was boiled.

The whalers probably belonged to the firm of Christian Salvesen founded in 1851 when Salvesen arrived in Leith and set up in business as a shipowner and broker. The firm had a whaling station on South Georgia in the South Atlantic.
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