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TITLE
Capture of Whales at Thurso Bay
EXTERNAL ID
PC_WGORDON3_008_013
PLACENAME
Thurso
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Thurso
DATE OF IMAGE
1899
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
W Gordon
ASSET ID
30324
KEYWORDS
whaling
hunting
whales
Capture of Whales at Thurso Bay

This postcard shows a capture of whales at Thurso Bay on the Pentland Firth, on the 19th June 1899. A school of whales drifted into the bay and six boats were sent out from Thurso to round them up. After a six hour battle, a school numbering 104 were driven into shallow water and speared.

In past years, whaling has taken place in Scottish waters. In the early 20th century a whaling station was set up at Loch Tarbet, in the Outer Hebrides. Fin, sei and blue whales were caught at the base and catches ranged from 300 to 1500. The station ceased operating for a period and then re-opened in 1950-51. Commercial whaling stopped permanently in Scottish waters after this time. Modern whaling techniques led to the annihilation of vast numbers of whales throughout the world's oceans and many whaling businesses were driven to bankruptcy during the 1950s and 1960s as a consequence. Whale hunting has been banned since 1986 in order to prevent the extinction of the mammal.

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Capture of Whales at Thurso Bay

CAITHNESS: Thurso

1890s

whaling; hunting; whales

W Gordon

Winnie Gordon (photographs)

This postcard shows a capture of whales at Thurso Bay on the Pentland Firth, on the 19th June 1899. A school of whales drifted into the bay and six boats were sent out from Thurso to round them up. After a six hour battle, a school numbering 104 were driven into shallow water and speared.<br /> <br /> In past years, whaling has taken place in Scottish waters. In the early 20th century a whaling station was set up at Loch Tarbet, in the Outer Hebrides. Fin, sei and blue whales were caught at the base and catches ranged from 300 to 1500. The station ceased operating for a period and then re-opened in 1950-51. Commercial whaling stopped permanently in Scottish waters after this time. Modern whaling techniques led to the annihilation of vast numbers of whales throughout the world's oceans and many whaling businesses were driven to bankruptcy during the 1950s and 1960s as a consequence. Whale hunting has been banned since 1986 in order to prevent the extinction of the mammal.