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Location DB > Canada > Nova Scotia > New Harbour > New Harbour Fish Processing Plant
New Harbour Fish Processing Plant
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created by BeaverBanker on 6/23/2006 3:31 PM
last modified by tribeachpunk on 1/18/2011 1:36 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Two large buildings, one concrete, the other wood, surrounded by other smaller buildings.

This site was well worth the trip. Beware that it is monitored and that evidence of booby-trapping is present.

 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

New Harbour, Nova Scotia
Owner: Private Owner
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  • water
  •  Interesting Features

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  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • spike strips
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1947
    Closed: 1999
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    In 1948, Norwegian Karl Karlsen established a sealing plant, Karl Karlsen and Company Limited, across from the New Harbour Wharf. Seals were hunted in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and off the Newfoundland and Labrador coasts in late February and early March. The plant could process up to two thousand pelts per day, which were then sold in Newfoundland, England and Europe. The plant operated year-round and during peak season it employed some thirty-five men.

    In 1964, Mr. Karlsen expanded his company to include whale processing. At that time, the North Atlantic waters supported a variety of whales such as sei, sperm, fin back and blue whales.

    Boats left the New Harbour plant for the open ocean to hunt whales. Once sighted, whales were shot with a 90 mm harpoon gun attached by rope and wire to a winch, which hauled the whale alongside the vessel. The whales were towed into the whaling station, where the flesh was cut up, or flensed, on a flensing deck. Company records show that between 1966 and 1972, Karl Karlsen and Company Limited harvested and processed some 2,115 whales.

    With the Federal Government of Canada's total ban on whaling in 1972, an important part of Blandford's economy was lost. The moratorium came as a shock to the people of this community, as Karlsen's quota for 1973 had already been assigned, and Canada had voted against a whaling moratorium earlier in 1972.

    The plant continued to operate as a processing plant for herring, mackerel, salmon and squid, until its closure in 1999.
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     Future Plans
    Part of the location is currently used for storage. Storage building (grey, metal) is locked/secure as of 27 January 2007.
    CrimeStoppers Story
    Sat, Apr 28th, 2007
    posted by tribeachpunk

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     Photo Galleries
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    Grounds pictures / Low quailty
    Fri, Jun 23rd, 2006
    posted by BeaverBanker
    10 pictures
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    Framed, DSLR
    Mon, Jun 26th, 2006
    posted by BeaverBanker
    23 pictures
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    Levacas' Trip
    Thu, Dec 21st, 2006
    posted by levacas
    15 pictures
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    Mon, Dec 25th, 2006
    posted by BeaverBanker
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    01/27/07 (2 of 2)
    Sat, Jan 27th, 2007
    posted by tribeachpunk
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    01/27/07 (1 of 2)
    Sat, Jan 27th, 2007
    posted by tribeachpunk
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  • on Dec 10 07 at 5:41, Emma Peel conditionally validated this location
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