Between 1894 and 1905, Norwegian whale companies set up seven land-based stations on the Faroe Islands. The local labour force learned the trade and the different tasks on boats and on land. From spring to autumn, the whale hunters towed their sea treasure to the stations, where the whales were hung up on the Flensing Plan. After 1945, Faroese economy focused on reorganising the fishing industry and by the end of the 1950ies just one station was still open. The whale industry had a major impact on the social life, employment and culture of the islanders. Furthermore, this industry was the beginning of the industrialisation in the Faroes.
|Translated title of the contribution
|Whale Hunting in the Faroe Islands: The Beginning of the Industrialisation of a peripheral society in the North Atlantic Ocean
|Title of host publication
|Marie-Laure Griffaton/Alain Cabantous: Ports d’Europe, en quête de nouveaux mondes. (172-176) Ouvrage publié á occasion de l’exposition présentée au Musée portuaire du 2 juin 2013 au 12 janvier 2014.
|Place of Publication
|Grand Port Maritime de Dunkerque et Club d’entreprises partenaires du musée.
|Number of pages
|Published - 2013
- whale huning
- whaling stations
- 20th century
- Faroe Isalnds