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The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses
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Quentin R. Walsh and P. J. Capelotti

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034799

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034799.001.0001

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The Shark Bay Season

The Shark Bay Season

(p.60) 3 The Shark Bay Season
The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

Quentin R. Walsh

University Press of Florida

The Ulysses expedition killed 2,037 whales and processed approximately 79,000 barrels of oil in Shark Bay, Australia, during the first equatorial season of its career. The Ulysses processed her whales and manufactured the whale oil within the territorial limits of Australia and within the port limits of Carnarvon, Western Australia. At this time the people in authority on this expedition were apparently not terribly interested in adhering to the requirements of United States whaling regulations. Observations indicate that there was a growing animosity on land toward whaling ships of foreign registry operating off the Australian coast. The Australians were deriving very little financial return from the two expeditions. This is understandable since the whaling ships were making thousands of dollars daily off the Australian coast. The Ulysses bought tons of provisions and tons of water while off the coast of Australia.

Keywords:   Ulysses expedition, whales, Shark Bay, Australian coast, dollars

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