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Step aboard the old Cheynes IV for a night like no other. Joining one of our passionate and knowledgeable guides, The Night Watch Experience will allow you to explore cabins in the deepest parts of the ship, as well as the galley and eating mess, and to hear what really happened onboard and what the various crew experienced. Being aboard after dark and hearing the stories really brings the history to life.
Included after your 50-minute tour through the Cheynes IV ship is a delicious meal at Whaler's Galley Café, as part of their monthly Friday night dinners.
The Night Watch Experience runs from 6-8pm on the first Friday of the month. Please arrive onsite by 5.45pm.
Spaces are limited, so BOOK your Night Watch Experience today!
The tour is not suitable for children under the age of 8 years.
The tour will go ahead rain or shine, please dress accordingly and wear closed-in flat footwear.
The tour requires participants to use stairs and steep ladders, and a good level of mobility is essential.
As the tour will operate in a low light setting, each participant will be provided a head lamp for the duration of the tour. These have three light settings including flashing
Images below taken at the Whaler's reunion Thursday 21st November 2019.
On the evening of the 21st November 1978, the Cheynes II, III and IV whale chasing ships berthed at the old Albany Town Jetty after their final whale hunt. Signalling the closure of the last shore based whaling station in Australia and the end of over 150 years of whaling in Albany waters.
The late John Bell, spotter pilot for the company recalled “… the last day of whaling I only saw one whale, a huge bull sperm whale. We hadn’t quite taken our quota for the year, but this monster was over 45 feet long. So we left him in peace."
ABC journalist Les Johnson reported "…There was more than a touch of mere nostalgia on the Albany Town Jetty last night, when the three ships of the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company moved into their berths for the last time… I saw tears in the eyes of some men. There was no future for them, except in the mundane ranks of nine-to-fivers or the unemployed.”
40 years on, the anniversary was marked with a whaler's reunion here at the station. Over 60 past whalers, plus invited guests enjoyed a morning tea and first look at the new whaler's name boards. The name boards were officially launched by the Mayor Mr Dennis Wellington during the function.
Images below taken at the Whaler's reunion Wednesday 21st November 2018.
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