Story: Whaling

Te Awaiti tryworks

Te Awaiti tryworks

Whale blubber was boiled down into oil in large cast-iron trypots. At sea these were on the ship’s deck, but shore whalers built fires on the beach. These tryworks were in operation at Te Awaiti in Tory Channel, in the late 19th century.

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Jock Phillips, 'Whaling - Pursuit and capture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 June 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006