Marlborough Photographs from 1920
Humpback Whale Gunner in Cook Strait

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Collection Marlborough Province - down the decades from early days
Photographer Brayshaw, Norman Henry
Description A black and white photograph showing one of Perano's harpoon gunners in for the kill on a whale boat in Cook Strait.

Information as typed by Norm Brayshaw: "Whaling. One of Perano's gunners in for the kill. Whaling in Cook Strait, one humpback the prize, visible on the left."

Copied in 1962 by Norm Brayshaw from a photograph supplied by Mr. A.C. Perano, Picton. Includes a negative. [There is no Mr. A.C. Perano in Picton in 1969, Athol David Perano lives 110 Waikawa Road in 1969.]

There is a 6.5" x 4" copy of this photograph in the same packet.

A scan of this photograph will be used in the Changing European History Gallery 3 display in commemoration of the Marlborough Provincial 150th anniversary on 1 November 2009.
..............................................................................................................................................................................Caption December 2009:
The balanced stance of a harpooner. One of Perano's gunners in for the kill. Although he has the gun to hold on to, the bow will plunge up and down in a dangerous fashion for him.

The violence of the explosion is captured as he has just fired a harpoon into the Humpback Whale, seen through the port handrail. The harpoon rope lies in the scupper to his left.

If the harpooned whale dived down, or tore away for kilometers near the water surface to escape the pain in its side, the harpooner had to be well clear of the rope.

Object ID 2009.067.0090
Object Name Photograph
People Perano, Athol David
Place Cook Strait
Title Humpback Whale Gunner in Cook Strait
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Last modified on: January 19, 2015