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Oil and Water—18th-Century Whale and Basking-Shark Fisheries of Donegal Bay, Ireland

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The whale fisheries of Scotland and England have long been the source of much attention in scholarly journals and statistical economic reports. The whale fisheries of Ireland—albeit of a miniscule scale in comparison—have generated little other than local interest. The whale and basking-shark fishery in Donegal Bay is unique. It was conducted by the inventor of the first swivel-gun harpoon, Thomas Nesbittt, who also built the first and only Irish whale-rendering plant at Port, Inver, Donegal Bay, where he undertook shore-based whaling at a time when other European whaling industries were based in the northern seas.

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