National Geographic : 1985 Jul
CRUCIBLE OF WEALTH, a tryworks operates round the clock to render blubber into the liquid gold of whale oil. As flensers strip away a whale's blubber, a boom transfers it to the platform to be cut into smaller blocks for the copper caldronsatop the fires. Scraps of blubberfeed the flames below. A dying Basque whaler, Joanes de Echaniz (below), dictates his will on Christmas Eve, 1584, aboarda galleon nearRed Bay. The document declaredEchaniz "fearful of deathfrom which there is no escape" and divided his property between his family and his church.