The long journey to the whaling grounds was far from
being just a relaxing cruise. Like any ship at almost any time in history,
the crew were kept permanently busy and there was always plenty to do.
Here an age old skill of coopering (making barrels) is being carried
out on a factory ship in the 1930's. By this time the oil from processed
whales had been stored in tanks for many years, although in earlier
whaling days when sailing ships and more labour intensive methods were
used, whale oil was stored aboard ships in hundreds or thousands of
such wooden barrels.
These will be for some other purpose, possibly for
storing the finer grade oils derived from sperm whales that were at
a premium as industrial lubricants.