I have previously mentioned that we spent one very pleasant evening in Rose Harbour across the water from our cabin. That post, Rose Harbour Sunset, showed the distant view over Houston Stewart Channel. Today’s view is of the same sunset shining on two try-pots sitting in the upper intertidal zone at Rose Harbour. The Rose Harbour whaling station was operated by the Consolidated Whaling Corporation from 1910 to 1943, taking more than 5,000 whales during that time. Try-pots are the vessels in which whale oil is rendered from the blubber. These are industrial scale try-pots, smaller ones were used on board whaling vessels and at whaling stations in earlier years. Some historical photographs in the BC Archives show the whaling station and can be seen here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Looking at those images I would imagine that these try-pots were in a building on a wharf, probably back a ways in the complex of buildings that occupied this location. In front of the try-pots are some footings for a pier or wharf.
I suppose a tiny compensation for the slaughter of so many whales can be found in the records from the BC whaling stations, of which there were six. Five whaling stations records survive for most of the years they were active and these records have been analysed to learn more about the biology of species that are now extremely rare in these waters. It is important information for the attempts to rebuild populations of these species in the area. An example of this kind of work can be found in this graduate thesis.
For an interior view of the try-pots, and pictures of other rusty equipment lying around the site, see the post of Tansy inspecting it at the Quimper Hittys post called Whaling Station.
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This link catalogues my posts about volunteering on the Kilgii Gwaay archaeological site project.
Canon 5Dii, Canon 50mm/f1.4 lens, Nikkor-N 24mm/f2.8 lens. For the latter lens, the EXIF data in the gallery view is incorrect for aperture as the camera cannot record it for the adapted manual lens.