National Geographic : 1930 Jul
Photographs by Pacific and Atlantic SWALLOWING A WHALE THROUGH A HOLE IN THE BOW A few of the newer whaling ships are equipped with a forward hatch, through which the huge body is drawn, tail foremost, by an electric wind lass direct to a cutting-up floor on board. The steel gate, which closes the hatch hermetically, can be lifted in ten minutes. It is strong enough to withstand the pressure of Antarctic ice. EVERY PART BUT THE "BLOW" ISUTILIZED Most of the floating factories have flensing platforms alongside, where the whale is stripped and cut up. An efficient establishment ofthis kind can slice and chop a whaleintwo hours. Whale oil isused for soap, butter substitutes, for currying leather, and inbatching flax and jute; also as a lubricant for machinery.