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Factory Equipment

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/9780813034799.003.0008
Factory Equipment

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All the parts of the whales except the baleen were processed for oil. Blubber, meat, and bone were boiled down, the oil was drained off, and the residue was blown overboard. The grinder or Kvarner system encompassed the “cooking out” equipment for driving the oil from the meat, intestines, and bone. The grinder or Kvarner systems were constructed with various capacities in mind. They were generally ten, fifteen, and twenty-eight-ton in size. The Ulysses was equipped with twenty-eight ton grinders, but their working volume was estimated at twenty-five tons. The head bones, back bones, and ribs of the whale were processed in the bone pressers. The oil obtained from the bone was of better grade than that taken from the meat but was inferior to that derived from the blubber; for all practical purposes, and for all general conditions, it was considered grade two oil.

Keywords: baleen; Blubber; meat; grinder; Kvarner system; head bones; back bones; ribs

Chapter.  6288 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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