Truelove from Hull II

Born digital image, 2015.  Line drawing of the Whale Ship Truelove from Hull placed onto one of my photographs of the southern tip of Greenland near Cape Farewell.

Greenland Fishery

Greenland Fisheries Series

A chance conversation and a trip to the whaling gallery at Hull turned my thoughts to whaling songs.  A feature of the gallery at Hull is the songs that play when you enter the gallery and I finally got around to buying a cd of the songs. The one that initially appealed and inspired me most was the Greenland Fishery, …

Four Tromso Seals

Norway 2014

In October of 2014 I voyaged again to Norway, calling at several places with whale and whaling related collections in particular Bergen, Honningsvag and Tromso, As often happens it is the unexpected things that often inspire me the most.  The seal skulls at Tromso (sealing was an important part of arctic whaling) and the rock carvings at Alta of ships …

Arbuthnot Museum, Peterhead

I visited the Arbuthnot Museum in Peterhead in September 2014.  Peterhead was one of the most important whaling ports in Scotland and the displays in the museum amply illustrate this heritage.  In addition to the displays I was fortunate enough to be invited to visit the collections store where I discussed Peterhead’s whaling heritage with some of the staff and …

The Eclipse from Dundee

Dundee and the McManus

Whaling carried on in Dundee later than any other Port in Britain because of the use of whale oil in the local jute processing industry.  One of the great benefits to me of this is that Dundee has a fantastic collection of whaling photographs, of ships, whaling and the arctic locations. This is also one of the reasons that the …