“Southern Harvester” and “Balaena” at Husvik

“Southern Harvester” and “Balaena” at Husvik

Kokeriene “Southern Harvester” and “Balaena” summer circulation by Husvik. Between these ships is United Whalers’ freezing / supply vessels “Bransfield”. Tinted by Geir Rosset.

 

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
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Hvalkokerier by Bellsund

Hvalkokerier by Bellsund

View of Bellsund, at Spitsbergen, i 1905. The first three ships from the left: Turistskipet DS “Kong Harald”, Flk “Bucentaur” and Flk “Vale”. The first sailing ship from left are probably carcass digester “Aviemore”. The second sailing vessel is unknown, but may be A / S fisherman's “Figaro”.

Toys heading south

Toys heading south

From toys aboard Flk “Balaena” heading south. The crew sits on the boards that will later be posted on blubber. The lady we see are sick sister Esther, who was the only woman in the field. The other ladies are a couple of handsome guys from the crew! You can read more about her story in the journal nursing.
Photographer: Michael Young.

Flk "Balaena" og "Abraham Larsen"

Flk "Balaena" og "Abraham Larsen"

An image well shows the difference in size between Flk “Balaena” and “Abraham Larsen”. “Abraham Larsen” was built as “Unitas” i 1937, nine years before “Balaena”. One thing that is worth mentioning is that “Balaena” was begun as aircraft carriers, but the war ended and it quickly became bestemmt that the hull would be more useful if it were completed as whaling factory since it was a great shortage of food in the UK and rest of Europe after five long years of war.
Photo: Wolday, Mekonnen / Slottsfjell Museum
Year: After 1946
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Walrus seaplane

Walrus seaplane

Walrus seaplane being hoisted aboard the Flk Balaena. This is (based on other images in the same collection) Walrus G-AHFM that ended up as scrap at an airport in Cowes, UK.
Planes and helicopters on factory ships were no unqualified success. The expeditions spending too much time trying to locate the planes after they routinely ran out of fuel and the reliability was poor in the harsh climate.
Photo: George Barnes
Year: 1946/47