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To strip the blubber from a whale when it has been caught and hauled up on to the deck of a whale factory ship. Flensing irons are used to cut the blubber loose, and tackles then haul it away from the carcass. The deck on which the operation is performed is known as the flensing deck.

See also whaling.

See also whaling.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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