Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Waddell Describes Whalers-- Part 2: Instant Death

"The projectile used is an elongated explosive shell of 12 inches in length.  The blunderbuss is handled by a powerful and expert whalesman and discharged into te animal when near enough.  The fuse is short, burns quickly, and explodes the shell causing instant death.

"The whale floats to the surface of the water when the men attach a line to the head by sharp hooks, and tow the fish alongside the vessel when they proceed to cut it up.

"As part of the midship section is converted into a blubber room and into which the fish, after being cut up, is thrown.  The boiling process for oil is proceeded with as quickly as possible."

And, They haven't begun Boiling Yet.  --Old Whale-Runner

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