Business: Whales

Into New York Harbor last week steamed the second biggest whaling ship afloat, the 22,000-ton S. S. Sir James Clark Ross. In her hold was the largest cargo of whale oil ever to enter the port—a 45,000,000-lb. consignment for Procter & Gamble to use in its soaps. Five months in the Antarctic whaling grounds and 1,117 whales were "required to fill the Ross's 120,000 barrels.*

In command of the Ross was Captain Oscar Nilsen, who began his whaling under the man who saved the industry from extinction. Modern whaling dates back to Christmas Eve, 1904,...

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