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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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Flensing and Cutting Blue and Fin Whales

Flensing and Cutting Blue and Fin Whales

(p.249) 15 Flensing and Cutting Blue and Fin Whales
The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

Quentin R. Walsh

University Press of Florida

This chapter contains a brief explanation of how the whales met their end on the cutting deck and in the processing systems of the factory ship. Three appendices, that follow, include a chronology of Walsh's year, his daily record of whales killed and processed during the Antarctic season, and annotated sketches of whales and whale killing and processing technologies. This text explains process of flensing in detail. Flensing deck is the term applied to the weather deck of any factory ship. Furthermore, the procedures used in cutting up blue and fin whales are also explained. The time required to cut up an average size blue whale was approximately one hour. However, the time required by the Ulysses to clear the cutting deck, when the specimens reached eighty-five feet or above, was over two hours.

Keywords:   whales, cutting deck, factory ship, Walsh, Antarctic season, flensing

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