The Shark Bay Season

Quentin R. Walsh

in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034799
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039688 | DOI:
The Shark Bay Season

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The Ulysses expedition killed 2,037 whales and processed approximately 79,000 barrels of oil in Shark Bay, Australia, during the first equatorial season of its career. The Ulysses processed her whales and manufactured the whale oil within the territorial limits of Australia and within the port limits of Carnarvon, Western Australia. At this time the people in authority on this expedition were apparently not terribly interested in adhering to the requirements of United States whaling regulations. Observations indicate that there was a growing animosity on land toward whaling ships of foreign registry operating off the Australian coast. The Australians were deriving very little financial return from the two expeditions. This is understandable since the whaling ships were making thousands of dollars daily off the Australian coast. The Ulysses bought tons of provisions and tons of water while off the coast of Australia.

Keywords: Ulysses expedition; whales; Shark Bay; Australian coast; dollars

Chapter.  9465 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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