Whalers at the Perano station discussing a whale brought in for processing. Marlborough Historical Society Inc. Marlborough Museum Archives
A worker attaches a winch to the whale's tail at the Perano whaling station in Fishing Bay. Marlborough Historical Society Inc. Marlborough Museum Archives
A gunner takes aim at breaching humpbacks from a launch in the Cook Strait. The Peranos were the first to use powered motor-launches for chasing their prey.
Gunners close in on a whale in Cook Strait.
A whale awaiting processing at the Perano whaling station at Fishing Bay.
Body of a humpback whale being processed at the Perano Whaling Station, Fishing Bay, Tory Channel. Shows men in oil-skins on the whale, which is partially-covered by a shed at the end of a jetty. Photograph taken circa July 1948, by Dr W Arriens. More info at http://mp.natlib.govt.nz/detail/?id=5188&l=en
View of the trawler Tuatea returning with whales to the whaling station in Fishing Bay, Tory Channel, Cook Strait. Photograph taken in July 1948, from the bow of the ship Viking by a photographer for Sanders Photo Studio. More info at http://mp.natlib.govt.nz/detail/?id=32672&l=en
The whaling station has now been restored by the Department of Conservation and can be visited by tourists.
The station is vast, in in varying states of disrepair. In the background can been seen the cinema - the only entertainment for the men other than drinking - and the living quarters.
Processing a whale happened in a number of stages. The main part, boiling down the blubber, was done by huge digesters.
Machinery left to rust can now be inspected by visitors.
When whaling closed down in 1964, the station was practically abandoned, along with the living quarters. Many appliances were left behind, including a phone and a record player in the men's quarters.
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