NK1345 : Remains of whale bone arch, Peterhead

near to Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Great Britain

Remains of whale bone arch, Peterhead
Remains of whale bone arch, Peterhead
In the 19th century, the fishing town of Peterhead was heavily involved in whaling in Greenland waters. The blubber was stripped from the main quarry, Greenland Right Whales, and brought back to Peterhead in barrels for rendering into whale oil. The oil was mainly used for lighting and in the textile industry. The boil yards were situated on the island of Keith Inch. This wall contains the now blocked up entrance to one of the yards. It is clear that originally a whale bone arch (the lower jaw) was erected over the entrance. All that can be seen now are the remains of the niche into which it was set.
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July 2004   (more nearby)
Monday, 29 May, 2006
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