Whaling ship with whale alongside 'Hualueidaskip'
This is a picture from the late 1800's to early 1900's
judging from the steam - powered catcher boat. During this era, "industrial
whaling" was starting to become successful. Industrial whaling is the
name given to the era where the capture and processing of whales became
much more mechanized and efficient. Initially it started due to the
invention of the explosive harpoon fired from a cannon mounted in the
bow of the catcher boat.
The catcher boats were steam powered and so could
catch up with the fast swimming baleen whales, something that was not
possible with man-powered old style whale boats.
Despite these advances, the early steam-powered catchers
were slow, slower than the whales they were trying to catch, so the
simple overtake by speed method didn't work. Instead, the boats would
hang around and "ambush" a surfacing whale with the extra burst of speed
helping the catch though the whale could escape by swimming away.