From Al Greig I received the following photo with a section of “The Great Tapestry of Scotland”.

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Whale oil was used in lighting and demand drove a major expansion in whaling. Whaling ships sailed the Arctic out of ports such as Dundee and Peterhead until overfishing seriously depleted stocks. In the early 1900s, Christian Salvesen built whaling stations in Shetland and on the island of South Georgia in the Antarctic. He used the entire carcass of the whale and became the largest whaling company in the world. By the end of the 20th century, stocks had dwindled alarmingly. A complete ban on fishing had to be imposed to allow whale populations to recover.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

Photo: Al Greig
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