whale oil sample in acid jar

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Whale oil sample
whale oil held in glass jar

Bequeathed by Miss Emma Smith
Museum number 1978-404-1

This small jar holds a sample of whale oil. Whale oil softened the jute fibre and made it workable enough to spin and weave. This discovery by a Dundee spinner had an enormous effect on both the whaling and textile industries.
Dundee was soon to become the world centre for jute production and Britain's premier whaling port.

whale oil sample in acid jar
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