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Norwegian Whale Gunners and How They Are Paid

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034799.003.0006
Norwegian Whale Gunners and How They Are Paid

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This chapter considers Walsh's extensive cultural anthropology on Norwegian whaling ships and the whale gunners. In the past, whale gunners were paid for each whale killed regardless of its size. Such a remunerative system encouraged the gunner to kill any type or size of whale, because the pay was the same regardless of the size of the catch. With the introduction of international legislation for protecting whales, it was required that the gunners be compensated to some extent upon such factors as the species, size, and oil yield of the whales captured, and not merely upon the number obtained. To determine the number of beregnent whales, footage of the different species had to be obtained; the various footage totals divided by the beregnent units for the different species allowed the determination of the total beregnent whales.

Keywords: Walsh; cultural anthropology; Norwegian whaling ships; whale gunners; beregnent whales

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Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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