Stripping blubber, Ragged Island, 1927

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Stripping blubber, Ragged Island, 1927

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A group of men from Orr's Island remove blubber from a dead whale using a hook, rope, and pulley.

Capt. William Sylvester (bearded) is holding the pulley of a flensing knife.

Sylvester, a former whaler, assisted with cutting up the carcass. The blubber was sold for paint.

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  • Title: Stripping blubber, Ragged Island, 1927
  • Creator: Portland Press Herald
  • Creation Date: 1927-02-23
  • Subject Date: 1927-02-23
  • Local Name: Ragged Island
  • Town: Harpswell
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 8.3 cm x 10.8 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1949, 2005.061.14641
  • Collection: Portland Press Herald glass negative collection
  • Object Type: Image

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