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A whaling trypot.

A whaling trypot.
Whaling trypot.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H3678
Description: A whaling trypot, which was used for rendering down blubber for oil. Once a whale was captured, the grueling process of cutting-in (flensing off the blubber) and trying-out (rendering the blubber into oil in the tryworks on deck) would begin. The pot would have been built into a whaling vessel. It is cast iron, and flattened on two sides. The trypot is inscribed "Johnson & Son Wapping Dock London". It was found serving as cattle trough near Faversham.
Creator: Johnson & Son
Date: c. 1805-17
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
National Maritime Museum/Royal Observatory GreenwichNew Opportunities Fund 
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