Norwegian Whaling in Newfoundland

BookNorwegian Whaling in Newfoundland

Norwegian Whaling in Newfoundland

The Aquaforte Station and the Ellefsen Family, 1902-1908

Research in Maritime History, 20


December 1st, 2001



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This book is both a study of the wider presence of the whaling industry in Newfoundland and Labrador between 1898 and 1972, and a comprehensive case study of the ‘Ellefsen Papers’ and the Aquaforte whaling station. Aquaforte was the only entirely Norwegian-owned factory in Newfoundland at the turn of the century, and one of the only whaling companies to retain all company records, making it an invaluable resource for maritime historians. The archive consists of business transactions, operations details, personal letters, photographs, wage accounts, equipment lists, and product information. The journal introduces the Aquaforte station in the context of global whaling, then traces the business history of the Ellefsen family, and then covers in detail the short history of Aquaforte, from its inception in 1898 to its collapse in 1908 due to stock exploitation. A postscript details both the family’s return to Norway and the whaling cycles in Newfoundland and Labrador post-Aquaforte, between 1908 and 1972, when the Canadian government placed a moratorium on whaling. The book reproduces numerous maps, photographs, lists, and tables. It concludes with a bibliography and six appendices providing relevant whaling industry statistics.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title page3
Copyright Page4
Table of Contents7
List of Tables9
List of Figures11
List of Appendices13
About the Authors15
Chapter 1 Introduction21
Traditional Global Whaling21
Modern Global Whaling25
Newfoundland and Labrador Whaling: Pre-190827
The Resource27
The Products33
Traditional Whaling35
Chapter 2 Early Ellefsen Involvement in Whaling41
Chapter 3 The Beginning of Whaling at Aquaforte49
Chapter 4 Establishment of the Aquaforte Whaling Station, 190259
Chapter 5 The 1903 Whaling Season73
Chapter 6 The Peak Whaling Season at Aquaforte, 190485
Chapter 7 The Decline of Aquaforte, 1905-190895
Concluding Remarks111
Newfoundland and Labrador Whaling, 1908-1972114