Putting to see three weeks behind schedule, the huge factory ship and smaller hunting vessels leave Norwegian harbour of Sandefjord for the Antarctic Ocean to track down the dwindling herds of narwhale.
Roll 1. l.s. pen Sandefjord Harbour crammed with whalecatchers ready for the voyage around the world in search of worlds in search of worlds largest and most valuable mammal the blue whale.
m.s. various takes whalecatchers. powerful dieselengined 200 - 300 tons 12-15 men.
m.s. Quai in Sandafjord provision loading. parents wives and children going aboard catchers for last visit of chatting across landing rail on quiet sunday for mob taking leave with whalers who will not leave their tiny ships for 5-6 months. This is the way if their lives and seemingly very everyday like. Sandefjord people never show motion when the boats leave - but for emotion wait for the return in the spring when the quais are black with cheering relatives.
100' Px. Various angles at Quai Sandefjord harbour whalecatchers preparing to leave. and shot of idyllic but desolated little backstreet with lonely looking little white painted wooden houses. Warf with Floating factory ship "Thorpe-catchers at sea/havet" 25000 tons mored. Dabourees and Crew walking aboard up the giant
Roll 3. whale-slipway to the upper deck, (were the 100 ton blue whales are tugged aboard
100' Px Early morning at the warf from poop of "Thorshavet" a few wives,2 policemen and a couple of dock labourers waving goodbye as morning are cast away.
pan along Windlasses, arm thick steel cables are coiled away, The whalers nothing to do with side "Thore havet" with maneouvering the ship in groups along railing, at silently seeking lonely spot waving farewell to distant little people down along the fjord.
Passing "Cosmos 3" and "Cosmos 4" colleagues hooting 3 long farewell signals.
c.u. on bridge ships officers correcting compasses. Int. Bridge houses.
Ships Master Captain Finn Randberg paving in front of sailor at the wheel.
100' Trix. "Thorshavet" at sea from pilot various takes whalecatchers at sea. floating factory ship "Kosmos 3" (25000 tons) standing out of Fjord) more whalecatchers.
last takes loading up Harpoons and whale line (to hawl aboard whale, angling line).
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Background: Putting to see three weeks behind schedule, the huge factory ship and smaller hunting vessels leave Norwegian harbour of Sandefjord for the Antarctic Ocean to track down the dwindling herds of narwhale.
The nine Norwegian expeditions which compete with hunters from Great Britain, the Argentine, Holland and Japan, have been held up by a last-minute strike which threatened the livelihood of over 6000 whalemen.
By a strange co-incidence, the whalers of Japan - Norway's biggest competitor - where else held up by a strike and the former British whaler, "Abraham Larson", which tops 30,000 tons and is the world's largest factory ship, is still prevented from making her first appearance in the whaling grounds under the Nippon flag.
Sandefjord - with a population of 8,000 - has always played an important part in the Norwegian expeditions and is considered the world whaling capital. This year the men of the little Norwegian port will have to take their place alongside the 20 expeditions sailing south and form part of the competition provided by 251 whalegunners for the huge whales.
By international agreement, the catching season is now limited to 2 1/2 months between January 7 and March 16 when the smooth sees of the Antarctic summer prevail.
Powered by diesel engines and weighing between 200 and 300 tons, the little hunting boats each carry 12 to 15 men who say farewell to their wives and children before leaving on a voyage that will take them away from their homes for six months.
Sailing with the small vessels are the two factory ships, The shavet and Kommos 3 - both of 25,000 tons - who will "mother" the smaller ships while they are at sea.
The final wave from the pilot cutter and then the ships - big and small - sail away at full speed in their race for the Antarctic Ocean.