Re: "Firern" ex Capitan Nunez, 392 gt., sold on March 1-1957 to Whale Products Pty, Brisbane.
Posted by: Aris
Date: April 15, 2006 06:45AM
Some further details on the "down under" part of her life:
1957 arrived Brisbane and in 1958 renamed TANGALOOMA, operating from Moreton Island. 1962 renamed LOOMA 1. 1963 sold to Perano, arrived Picton 4 Feb 1963 and renamed ORCA. 27 Apr 1963 to 21 Dec 1964 whaling, and caught 248 sperm whales. 22 Dec 1964 a crack was discovered in the boiler. Mar 1966 sold to D A Glozier, a scrap dealer, but then resold to Pacific Scrap Ltd. Broken up Oct and Nov 1966 at Picton.
Apparently there was an article at Nautical News: Tory Channel Whaling Station and "Orca" ( Pryce, Michael )
The shore whale factory operated by Perano's at Whekenui, Tory Channel now forms part of a Department of Conservation heritage site.