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Uploaded on Monday 05 Dec 2011 by Peter Prokosch

Remains from the Norwegian Whaling Station on Deception Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica

Year: 2011 Taken by: Peter Prokosch
Antarctic whaling began on a large scale in 1904 with the building of a whale processing station at Grytviken, South Georgia. A number of shore-based stations were in operation under some kind of regulation on the catches very shortly after this, among them the station of the Norwegian Hektor Company on Deception Island, which was active 1911-1931. Special equipment was installed here to extract oil also from the whale bones. During the whaling days 45 men died, and the cemetery is still visible behind station. Today whaling is regulated by the International Whaling Commission.
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