The Bounty Whalers and the Inuits

Start : 
24 Oct 2012 (All day)
Type: 
Talk
Location: 

Trinity House
99 Kirkgate
Leith

Talks and tours start at 10:30, 12:30 and 14:00.

More information and online booking.

Dr Eric Graham, author of A Maritime History of Scotland (1650-1790), will be providing an hour-long talk on the history of Arctic whaling and its relationship to Leith and Trinity House.

From 1750 until 1830 the ports of the Forth were extensively engaged in Arctic whaling. At its height, one third of the British whaling fleet was Scottish owned and based and Trinity House licensed pilots were employed in the safe navigation of the Forth and its harbours.

Trinity House has many wonderful artefacts related to the whaling industry, such as narwhal tusks, Henry Raeburn paintings and ship models.

The talk will be followed by a tour of the house with an opportunity to view the extensive collections. On 27/10/12 there will also be an opportunity to see the ‘live’ conservation of the Raith ship model and chat to our specialist conservator about her work.

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