image MS_776_489
Image number: RS.17403
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Whaling in Greenland


4 November 1663


Unknown, Artist

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height (page): 320mm
width (page): 200mm



Scene depicted in 'The manner of the Whale-fishing in Greenland, given in by Mr Gray to Mr Oldenburg for the [Royal] Society'.

This image is copied from the images at RBO/2i/308 and RBO/2i/312.

This volume is another copy of entries of the first two volumes of the Register Book. It was given to Sir Joseph Banks by G. S. Heales Esquire of Doctor's Common on 31 May 1814.

Object history

At the meeting of the Royal Society on 4 November 1663, ‘The history of whale-fishing, and of the making of whale-oil, was delivered in by the secretary from Mr. Gray of the Greenland company, who had been in those parts, and present at the killings of whales and the making of oil a dozen times; and was ordered to be registered' (Birch 1:324). The text, without the figure, is printed in Birch 1:324-27.

Related Fellows

Stephen Gray (1666-2015, British), Astronomer
Henry Oldenburg (1612-1677, German), Scientific correspondent

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