National Geographic : 1928 Aug
00 SMERENBURG SOUND, NOW AN OUTPOST OP COLD AND LONELINESS, ONCE RESOUNDEDTO SHOUTS OF "SHE BLOWS !" Part of these waters wash the eastern shore of Amsterdam Island, where, in the early years of the 17th century, Dutch and Danish whalers divided the island into two settlements and anchored their tubby vessels opposite their blubber cookeries on shore. At the Dutch settlement, Smer enburg, or Blubbertown, sometimes as many as 300 vessels lay at anchor and put off their shallops afterwhales. By 1635 intensive fishing had driven these mammals away from the neighboring bays and sounds, so that they had to be hunted far from land.