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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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Norwegian Whale Gunners and How They Are Paid

Norwegian Whale Gunners and How They Are Paid

(p.106) 6 Norwegian Whale Gunners and How They Are Paid
The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

Quentin R. Walsh

University Press of Florida

This chapter considers Walsh's extensive cultural anthropology on Norwegian whaling ships and the whale gunners. In the past, whale gunners were paid for each whale killed regardless of its size. Such a remunerative system encouraged the gunner to kill any type or size of whale, because the pay was the same regardless of the size of the catch. With the introduction of international legislation for protecting whales, it was required that the gunners be compensated to some extent upon such factors as the species, size, and oil yield of the whales captured, and not merely upon the number obtained. To determine the number of beregnent whales, footage of the different species had to be obtained; the various footage totals divided by the beregnent units for the different species allowed the determination of the total beregnent whales.

Keywords:   Walsh, cultural anthropology, Norwegian whaling ships, whale gunners, beregnent whales

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