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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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