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Author : Ian Hart

Publisher : Ships in Focus


The modern whaling industry dates from 1881. That year factory ships began working with purpose-built whale catchers equipped with modern harpoon. This book chronicles in depth the development of factory ship whaling, and provides full technical and career details and where possible illustrations of every factory ship to have operated anywhere in the world. Part one tells the story of how factory ship whaling becoming a major global industry. The second part provides full histories of the 184 factory ships which are known to have worked in the trade, including both conversions and purpose-built vessels. Appendices cover supply ships and whale catchers. Flags and funnels in full colour on end papers.