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Norwegian Whaler Petrel

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Petrel, a steam driven whale-catcher at Grytviken, South Georgia taken in1974.

Built in 1929 at Nylands Verksted in Oslo, she is 244.8 gross tons and 31.1 m (115 feet) long. Petrel was one of the first catchers to be equipped with a cat-walk, which was introduced in 1926. She was capable of 11 knots from her 810 indicated horse-power triple-expansion engine.

Petrel was withdrawn from the whaling fleet at Grytviken in 1956 and converted to a sealing vessel the following year. This involved replacing her whale-winch with an ordinary cargo winch and, creating a large cargo hatch for loading seal blubber. Her gun platform was removed along with the cat-walk that connected it with the bridge on the starboard side. The line-blocks were removed from the mast and a derrick installed.

She is shown here with her funnel painted with blue and white bands. As part of ongoing restoration work, she has now been re-painted in the Salvesen (Leith Harbour) colours, the blue and white bands being a buff colour.
· Date: Sun, 23 August 09 · Views: 195
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donmac
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Sun, 23 August 09 10:20

Your description sounds like she is currently undergoing restoration. If true, where exactly is she being restored and to what state.

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threefunnels

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Sun, 23 August 09 11:59

Petrel is still in Sough Georgia. In 1991 a whaling museum (www.sgmuseum.gs) was established at Grytviken in the old whaling station managers house. The museum is managed by the South Georgia Heritage Trust (www.sight/org) and they also look after Grytviken cemetery and church. Since I was there in 1974, and of course after the Falklands War, much work has been done to clean up the whaling station. In fact I believe that the other two whalers/sealers "Diaz" and "Albatross" have been removed from the water and their oils removed etc. The Petrel is literally just outside the museum and I would imagine, but have no hard facts, that the Trust/Museum are working on her. I am again not sure whether there is an official plan to restore her, or to what state but I think that the bow harpoon has been put back, so maybe they are going to restore her to her 1955 state. This might explain why the funnel colour has been changed. I would be interested if anybody else has more definite knowledge.
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chadburn
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Sun, 23 August 09 12:02

Like Donmac I am also interested in who is involved in the restoration of this vessel, I did hear that the "Service's" were involved in a project possibly this one to pass the time away whilst they were down there. After the "Simbra" rolled over it was decided to put ingot's of pig iron in cement in the bilge's to make them less prone when running short of fuel, this was done by the "Winter Over" crew's who overhauled these robust little vessel's out of Season. The season consisted of 6mths for Whaler's attached to the Shore Station and 3mths for those attached to the Whale factory ships.

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