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The name given to the iron pots set in brickwork and used in the days of sail for boiling the oil out of the blubber of whales. When whaling was widespread during the 18th–19th centuries these would normally be set up either on the deck of a whaling ship if out at sea or on shore if a suitable operating base was available. The process was called ‘trying out’ the oil.

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