OLD WHALER REMINISCES: One of N.L.’s Last Whale Hunters Shares His Politically Incorrect Story

Written by Gayne Young on November 2, 2015

Some real history here.

Some that the PC crowd would rather we forget…

But real history nonetheless.

The South Dildo Whaling and Sealing Museum is housed in a small nondescript building along the main road into the Trinity Bay community.

Inside, artifacts and memorabilia commemorate the last days of whaling off Newfoundland’s coast — a time when men took to the high seas to hunt the biggest catch of them all.

Dozens, if not hundreds, of items line the walls and tables and sit inside protective glass cases — everything from photos to whale bones to harpoons, knives and even a human-sized harpoon gun bolted to the floor.

Almost everything inside this museum belongs to Vaughan George, former whaler and collector extraordinaire.

Whaling was a family tradition for the Georges of Dildo.

Vaughan George describes his father, Clarence, a famed whaling captain in his time, as a crack shot and one of the best in the world.

When George was just a boy, he caught the bug. There’s nothing he wanted more than to be out on the water, hunting whales.

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“Hearing my father speak about the adventurous time he had at the whales,” said George.  “To hunt these whales, it’s excitement, it’s almost like a big sport.”

From daylight to dark

For six years, from 1967 to 1972, George went whaling with his father and brother on their 55-foot vessel, the Arctic Skipper. Mainly, they harpooned smaller whales: minkes and potheads.

“Sometimes, you know, from daylight to dark we were on the go, on the hunt,” George said

“When a whale was sighted, I mean everybody got excited, because we had to chase that whale and we could be chasing that whale for an hour, two hours, before we got close enough to get a shot.”

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