NJ9108 : Whale bone arch, Aberdeen

taken 15 years ago, near to Kittybrewster, Aberdeen, Great Britain

Whale bone arch, Aberdeen
Whale bone arch, Aberdeen
In the early 19th century the port of Aberdeen was heavily involved in the Greenland whaling industry. Sometimes captains brought back the lower jaw bones of whales, partly because they contained a lot of oil which could be drained off on the voyage South, and partly as trophies of their adventures in the far North. The jaws were often set up as monumental arches; this one can still be seen in Stewart Park. This five-acre park was bought by the Council from funds bequeathed by the widow of Mr. John Taylor, a merchant in the city, and opened to the public in 1894. The park was named after a former Lord Provost of the city, Sir David Stewart. The whale jaw bones were presented to the park in 1903 by the Captain of the Arctic whaler Benbow.
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Date Taken
December 2002   (more nearby)
Monday, 29 May, 2006
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OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 918 082 [100m precision]
WGS84: 57:9.8747N 2:8.2329W
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