Vi har fått tillatelse til å legge ut et utvalg bilder tatt av Douglas Bremner. Den komplette samlingen kan sees på http;//www.whalingyears.com

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Vi har mottatt en serie med sort/hvitt-fotografier fra Reidar Bjørge Borge. Bildene er tatt bl.a. på «Kommandøren I»-ekspedisjoner en gang mellom 1923 og 1927.

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Vi har mottatt en serie med sort/hvitt-fotografier fra Jeanette McKay på Stewart Island, New Zealand via Anne Lise Løve og Hvalfangstmuseet i Sandefjord.

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Fra Sør-Afrika har vi mottatt en serie bilder tatt av bl.a. Edwin Cook. Edwin Cook var Mike’s far og var den med i det siste styret i Union Whaling. Bildene viser scener fra Durban og fra Abraham Larsen-eksepdisjoner i Sørishavet.

My father took some of the photos but instructed a number of others to take the photos for him, such as Arndt Karlsen, Anders Arvesen and others.

Edwin “Ted” Cook was a junior partner in an influential financial company called Unit Securities and Trust Company at the Johannesburg stock exchange. He was captured by Erwin Rommel in what is now Libya a short time before the battle of El Alamein. Rommel sent him to a POW camp outside Frankfurt and he remained there until he was liberated in 1945.

returned to Unit Securities & Trust and was then appointed as General Manager and subsequently Managing Director of The Board Of Executors, who were what in todays terms would be called Asset managers and investment activities. In 1948 Unit Securities invested in and bought the majority shares in The Union Whaling Company. In addition to his other Unit Securities functions Ted was appointed General manager and Director of Unon Whaling and moved to Durban to fulfil this task. Subsequently when A.E Larsen retired from the company Ted became the Managing Director.

He was Hands –On in all the financial and expenditure activities of Union Whaling and controlled all the administrative activities of the company, firstly from their Smith Street offices, then he built the Maydon Wharf office block where the catchers were berthed. He did the admin and financial control off all the activities such as the shipyard works, the foundry, steel works blacksmith shop etc.

He had a competent team of operations mangers to do all of the operational activities. His main workload was the financial, admin and policy decisions in regard to the two shore based stations and of course the Empire Victory [later the Abraham Larsen.] and the personell management of these operations. He did not get involved in the day to day operation of the stations and the Larsen.

He made sure he had the correct people in charge of the whaling activities.

Unlike most Norwegian whaling companies Ted kept the running of the company seperate from the actual whaling activities as he was essentially an asset and investment and administration specialist and realised that his forte was not the whaling operations themselves. He never sailed on the Larsen, but spent 2 days on her in Durban harbour when she was on her way south, and another two days on her return from the Antarctic waters. The factory ship reported on a weekly basis to him by wireless code on how the catching was progressing when down south, and, of course he was informed on a daily basis on the activities of the Union and Premier stations on the bluff

Up until Ted caused the new Head Office building to be constructed he visited the two Bluff stations about 3 or 4 times a year for half a day inspection. As I have said above he did not spend more than a few days twice a year on the factory ship whist she was in Durban Harbour. Ted never went on the catchers except once a year when he took a party of guests out on one of the bigger catchers for a half day cruise off the Durban coastline.

He built the new Premier Head Office building as the old Maydon Wharf site was on lease from the Harbour authorities and they wanted the site back. The catchers however remained as did the engineering works.

The other task Ted did was the negotiation and sale of all the oil and by-products on the London market on a yearly basis, which was a pretty critical function

My father retired from Unit Securities and Union Whaling about two years after the sale of the Larsen and the bigger catchers to the Japanese and he retired to go farming in the Mpumalanga bushvelt region near a town called Nelspruit until he passed away in 1980

My brother and I were able to use our fathers position to enjoy all our free time on either the factory ship or on the catchers.

As we no longer had a position in Union Whaling after Ted’s retirement, my brother went into the travel business and I somehow ended up in the sardine/pilchard fishmeal and oil business. But that’s another story.

Mike Cook

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Fra Færøyene har vi mottatt en serie bilder tatt av Jógvan Kristjan Henrikssons bestefar tidlig på 1900-tallet. De er scannet av Jógvans søster og originalene befinner seg hos deres halvbror på Nøtterøy i Norge. De ble funnet på et loft hvor de hadde ligget i kanskje 80 år. De viser bl.a. hvalfangst med A/S Vegas flytende kokeri «Kommandøren I» (senere «Ernesto Torquist») utenfor Kamsjatka og Mexico, samt scener fra Durban.

Jeg er bare glad for at nogen kan ha glede og interesse for dem:) De er nok fra flere forskellige steder, bestefaren min hadde en lang kariere. Om jeg kan få nogle oplysninger om billederne hen ad vejen så er jeg meget glad for det. 🙂

Kokeriboka anmeldt

Kokeriboka anmeldt

Boken om de flytende kokeriene ble for kort tid siden anmeldt i sjøfartsbladet «Sea Breezes«:

 

 

Book of the month September 2014

DE FLYTENDE KOKERIENE 1903-1955
THE WHALE OIL FACTORY SHIPS
1903-1955
by Geir Røsset
Although whaling is not, quite rightly, the flavour of today I have always been fascinated by the industry – its ships and men – both tough as teak.
Written in both Norwegian and English this is an exceptional book. At the centre of this industry were of course the small hunting vessels – the catchers – and the large factory ships. Many of these ships feature in this book with details, where built, history and end etc.
Eventually these factory ships were among the largest ships of their day and packed with the latest technology – the whale hunters / catchers also increased in size in parallel with their mother ships. Eventually the cutting edge technology of the vessels involved decimated whale numbers and in many respects helped kill the industry they had been built for. To realize this is not to diminish the tough nature and vital importance of whaling at one time.
This excellent book is lavishingly illustrated with fine photographs of these factory ships, but also with beautiful water colour paintings by the Scottish marine artist Jim Rae. They are quite exceptional!
Whatever we now think of the whaling industry in today’s enlightened times, my admiration of the ships and men that sailed to the ends of the earth, hunting whales, remains undiminished – it must have been a tough, bleak demanding life.
Buy this book and savour it in the company of a generous single malt – Scottish of course (a fine Glenfarclas will do nicely!). Highly recommended.

Jeg vil påpeke at boken ikke inneholder «mange av disse skipene», men (så langt vi har klart å finne ut av) alle! Hvalbåtene er ikke omtalt, derav tittelen på boka, men disse finnes det gode bøker om fra andre, deriblandt Dag Bakkas «Hvalfangsten – Eventyret tar slutt» og John Harlands meget detaljerte «Catchers and Corvettes. The steam whale catcher in peace and war».

En kobling til tidligere tider

En kobling til tidligere tider

Fra Per Ole Ranberg har jeg fått tilsendt et bilde av skipsklokka fra kokeriet Svend Foyn I, der min morfar var tømrer/jungmand i 1923/24. Merkelig å tenke på at den klokka som hang i bestyrerens lugar nå henger hjemme på vegger til Per Ole og tikker og går nesten 100 år etter at min morfar var på hvalfangst ved Deception-øya i Antarktis. Og hvorfor henger den hos Per Ole? Jo Per Oles bestefar var Ole Andersen, og han var bestyrer på Svend Foyn I. Klokka er en direkte kobling tilbake i tid!

Tusen Takk til Per Ole Ranberg som tok kontakt.

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Takk til Yngve Nordbakk som satte oss i kontakt med Ina og Terje Berg. Gjennom dem har vi fått en serie fotografier tatt, i all hovedsak, på landstasjonen Grytviken, på Sør-Georgia. Fotograf er ukjent. Originalene var på papir og er scannet på en Epson V700 i 2400 dpi, 48bit RGB.

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Takk til George R. Cummings fra Edinburgh, Skotland, som har gitt oss tillatelse til å legge ut en bildeserie med malerier som han har produsert på bestilling gjennom årenes løp. Et stort talent og en tidligere Salvesen-hvalfanger.

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Vi har scannet en serie med sort/hvitt-fotografier tatt av Ronald F. Grant i sesongen 1958/59 da han var ombord på Salvesens tankbåt Southern Satellite.

I was a galley boy 1958/9 on the Southern Satellite. Enclosed you will find all the pictures I have of the 1958/59 Salvesens whaling expedition. I can’t believe I only took a few pictures when I was there in some of the most splendid scenery on earth. Too young I suppose.