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The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

Quentin R. Walsh

Edited by P. J. Capelotti

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034799
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039688 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034799.001.0001
The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses
1937–38

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In the spring of 1937, Coast Guard Lieutenant Quentin Robert Walsh received a special assignment aboard the whaling factory ship Ulysses. His orders were to monitor the commercial operation's compliance with international agreements protecting marine life, and what he observed shocked him. The Ulysses flew the American flag, but Walsh quickly realized that the venture was a foreign affair intent on harvesting whales of illegal size and importing the resulting whale oil duty-free into the U.S. market. This behemoth floating “factory” killed with appalling efficiency in order to reap tremendous profits. Over 3,600 whales were butchered during the ship's ten-month cruise. Though he was later an eyewitness to the death and devastation of D-day, Walsh maintained to the end of his life that his experience aboard the Ulysses had been the most horrifying he had ever endured. His report on the voyage helped set the stage for current U.S. policy in opposition to open sea whaling.

Keywords: Quentin Robert Walsh; whaling factory ship; Ulysses; marine life; American flag; whales; import; whale oil; U.S. market; floating factory; open sea whaling

Book.  368 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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A Brief History of American Whaling in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

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The <i>Ulysses</i> and Her Cruise in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

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The Shark Bay Season in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

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The Shark Bay Records; the Antarctic Records in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

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Classification of Factory Ships in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

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Norwegian Whale Gunners and How They Are Paid in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

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Killer Boats, the Harpoon, Killer Iron, and Modern Whale Gun in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

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Factory Equipment in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

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The Location of Whales in the Antarctic in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

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A Brief Description of Whales in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

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