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More Whale Catchers

More Whale Catchers

Whale Catchers

Whale Catchers

Whale catcher, also called whale killer or whaler, large, fast steamship or motor vessel from which whales are harpooned and killed and marked for pickup by a parent vessel called a factory ship. Whale catchers are the descendants of the … Continue reading

Photo/Film

The museum’s photo collection consists of 150,000 photographs around 30,000 of which are related to whaling. We also own the negative collections from photographers Fred Hansen, Dimitri Koloboff and Arvid Trogstad which together amount to 120,000 negatives from the years … Continue reading

Southern Actor

Southern Actor

On the 25th October 1989′ Southern Actor’ arrived in Sandefjord from Spain. The Whalers Club of Sandefjord began the restoration of the catcher. Their goal has been to restore the catcher in working order enabling it to undertake different assignments … Continue reading

The Natural History exhibition

The Natural History exhibition

The Natural History exhibition is housed in the original museum’s building from 1917. Lars Christensen had three main goals in opening the museum: to inform people about the Antarctic, as it was a relatively unknown continent at the time, and … Continue reading

The Beginnings

The Beginnings

The first modern whaling expedition was sent to South Georgia in 1904 by the Argentine company “Company Argentine de Pesca” and was led by a Norwegian captain C. A. Larsen. Continue reading

Whaling and History III

In June 2009, Commander Chr. Christensen’s Whaling Museum in Sandefjord was host to the Third Symposium on Whaling and History. The papers are now published in the book, “Whaling and History III”. The book costs NOK 198 and can be … Continue reading

Papers from “Whaling & History II”

The papers presented here are revised editions of lectures delivered at the second symposium on “Whaling and History” hosted by the museum in 2005. The papers were initially printed in the volum “Whaling & History II. New Perspectives” and are … Continue reading

The Staff

If you have questions which are not answered on our website, or if you: have academic questions have an artefact you are considering giving to the museum have other questions contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone tel. 94 … Continue reading

Who catches whales today?

Who catches whales today?

All commercial whaling was completely banned by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) from 1986 Continue reading