What you could do with a whale!

Published: Tuesday 24th Jan 2012

Written by: Kirsty Jones

A recent article in the Scarborough Evening News gave information on a walk along the Cleveland Way. However, much of the article gave an amazing amount of information on the famous whale bone arch in Whitby.

It seems that the original jaws were from a hundred year old 82ft whale weighing 13 tons given to Whitby by the Norwegian Government in 1963. Whitby was first involved in the whaling trade in 1753 and it brought money to the town. The whale contributed to the production of oil, soap, leather, glue, manure, mattress-stuffing, umbrellas and corsets!

After much deterioration with the elements, the jaw bone was replaced in 2003.

Kirsty Jones
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