Trying out blubber, 1880

Contributed by Abbe Museum


This image, from Scribner's Magazine, depicts a man stirring a cauldron of blubber. Cooking pots at the Wabanaki encampment in Bar Harbor were also used for “trying” (extracting) porpoise oil by boiling the blubber.

Porpoise hunting was common among Wabanaki men, especially the Passamaquoddy. The oil was in great demand for fueling lighthouses and lubricating clockworks.

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About This Item

  • Title: Trying out blubber, 1880
  • Creator: Milton J. Burns
  • Creation Date: 1880
  • Subject Date: 1880
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  • Media: Printed material
  • Dimensions: 8.5 cm x 6 cm
  • Collection: Archives - Native Americans, Historic
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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Abbe Museum
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