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This industry waned in the mid-seventeenth century due to the development of open sea flensing techniques, which contributed to over-fishing; this development diminished the need for terra firma whaling stations, provided more time at sea to hunt, and pushed fleets farther west into unadulterated waters of the Greenland Sea.
There, a separate flensing team separated the head, cut off the meat, removed bones and internal organs, and put all useful parts of the animal into boilers or into a line for processing bone-meal.
They'd then allow Hayslip and Rice to carve up the animal's stomach with giant scalpel-looking tools called Flensing knives.
(37) A fragment on the following page likens consciousness to the prehistoric hunter's flensing knife: 'et la conscience | parmi les dents mortes des ancetres | n'est plus que le couteau de Pierre a depecer l'apparence' (EC, p.
The dearth of this material likely relates to three interconnected factors: 1) extreme taphonomic effects that operate on bowhead carcasses (e.g., McCartney and Savelle, 1985); 2) the exclusive use of driftwood, rather than whale bone, as a primary architectural element in Mackenzie Inuit dwellings; and 3) coastal erosion, which is destroying coastal village sites and associated bowhead butchery and flensing activity areas.
He gathered several sharp flensing knives, like those once used by whalers, to perform a messy but necessary partial necropsy to learn more about the whale.
So, for example: Faulkner likens the elaborately phallic nail to a "flenching-knife," a comparison which renders the knife two-edged: a "flenching" or "flensing" knife was the instrument used to strip blubber from whales; Faulkner here draws on Moby-Dick, (44) whose very title is grist to innuendo (of author and character).
She goes on to detail horrendous examples of human cruelty, such as the live flensing Rabbi Akiva suffered at the hands of the Romans in 135 C.E., or the first Chinese emperor Qin's habit of burying Confucian scholars up to their necks so that his executioners could use their heads to practice their chip shots.
Frequently the whale dies an agonising death before its head is chopped off and dumped overboard and the butchering operation called flensing begins.
Hamilton's contribution to this generic development of the Thirties Left, Impromptu in Moribundia, is an entertaining work whose flensing of the "moribund" English middle-class values it makes flesh, is coruscating enough to merit favourable comparison with Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1932) and George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1948).
* The singing of the leviathans in the deep echoes through the museum's whaling galleries, an eerie, haunting sound made the more poignant by the instruments of sharp-edged death in the show-cases knives, hooks, flensing tools, lances, harpoons and harpoon guns, an evil black blubber pot.
Zimmerman, seniorassociate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, calls it "an icecold flensing knife that has just taken the Star Wards mythology off any skeleton it had inside it.' Zimmerman says he expects the report to be useful in his lobbying of members of Congress.
Bolinas Bay This site, just northwest of San Francisco, may have hosted a whaling operation that consisted of a fleet of small vessels taking whales, flensing the blubber alongside, and delivering it to shore cookers every few days (Nichols, 1983:110-111; Sayers, 1984:131).
Instead of boiling vats and flensing knives, his tools were glassware, solvents, and mass spectrometers.
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