Whale Bone Arch

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Whale Bone Arch

Post by stinknugget » Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:18 pm

Hi, has anyone got any infomation on or knowledge of where I can get infomation about the whale bone arch, please?

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Post by Mackem74 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:46 am

You could try Whitby Archives in Flowergate mate.
I think during the winter, it is open Monday to Wednesday.
Try calling them on 821364.
Either that or write to the editor at the Whitby Gazette and they may publish your letter and local people could get in touch with you regarding anything they know about the arch.

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Post by stinknugget » Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:02 pm

Thank you for very helpful post. I'll phone the Gazette later.

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Post by Rome » Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:12 am

Hey

The Whale bones were given to the town in 1963 by Norwegian Thor Dhal and the artist Graham Leach in recognition of whitby's whaling history and the tradition whereby returning ships would hoist the jaw bones of a whale up the mast to show those waiting back home that they had had a successful catch.

I believe they where replaced in 2002, due to weather damage, after a world wide search, when a pair where found abandoned after a legal hunt in Alaska.


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Post by stinknugget » Wed Feb 11, 2009 6:34 pm

Rome wrote:Hey

The Whale bones were given to the town in 1963 by Norwegian Thor Dhal and the artist Graham Leach in recognition of whitby's whaling history and the tradition whereby returning ships would hoist the jaw bones of a whale up the mast to show those waiting back home that they had had a successful catch.

I believe they where replaced in 2002, due to weather damage, after a world wide search, when a pair where found abandoned after a legal hunt in Alaska.


Hope this helps
That's fantastic, Rome. That's an easily digestable bit of history. Fantastic.
I was told some time ago that the new arch is made of plastic... That's why I wanted to look into this.

Thank you very much, Rome.

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Post by Rome » Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:10 am

No worries :)

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Post by Whitby John » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:35 am

Plastic???!!!

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Post by petermcgeeney » Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:31 pm

Yes I heard that plastic rumour as well. I cant remember who told me but it was in Whitby some years ago. Don't know if there is any truth in it though. The story was that the old ones had weathered away and were replaced with plastic ones which would better withstand the Whitby weather. :roll:

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Post by stinknugget » Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:35 pm

I have a theory. Maybe the rumour was started by someone who didn't want the animal rights activists to get upset.
But I did hear that they were made of fibre glass or plastic to take the weather better.

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Post by JohnWS » Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:03 pm

It's possible to impregnate bone with plastics to make them weather proof.

You can buy antler treated as such to stabilise it for making 'field knife' handles.

Perhaps the new whale bones were treated as such and the rumour spread from there?

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Post by stinknugget » Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:50 pm

Sounds plausable.I wonder where one could find out what the truth of the matter is, once and for all.

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Post by JohnWS » Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:02 pm

'Follow the money' is what some folks advocate in investigation. Who paid for them - they must have known what the cash was spent on, and where it was spent?

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Post by MarionHaste » Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:43 pm

Why don't you just touch them? They are just soooooooooo not plastic. Tsk.

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Post by stinknugget » Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:24 am

MarionHaste wrote:Why don't you just touch them? They are just soooooooooo not plastic. Tsk.
That's just the thing, Marion. Developers of plastic are so damn good with the stuff now that they can replicate just about anything. Even in the tactile sense.
But for the record, I don't believe they are plastic, or even reinforced with plastic. I am, however, curious to know what's what. I'm not adverse to being proven wrong.

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Post by Whitby John » Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:12 pm

What would be good, in that case, is to make things from wood, metal, cotton, linen, antlers and wool, and pretend that they are really plastic. We'd soon achieve sustainability, but people would still be happy thinking they are buying things made out of plastic.

So here is the challenge of the decade - manufacturing sustainable supermarket shopping bags out of whales jawbones.


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