Portuguese Bend Whaling Station

Portuguese Bend Whaling Station (HMYED)

Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 Los Angeles County
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N 33° 44.087', W 118° 21.273'

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On the slopes below and west of this plaque stood the quarters of Portuguese whalemen who put out through the surf in boats under oars and sail to harpoon passing gray whales to be towed ashore where the blubber was stripped and "tried out" in large black iron try-pots to produce valuable whale oil for lamps and lubricants. Active from 1860 to 1885, this station began its decline with the advent of fossil oil; however, three of the original structures, the try-pots and crumbling furnaces remained until about 1928. This site is registered as California Historical Landmark #381.
Marker Number381
Year Placed1983
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 11:36am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 374518 N 3733573
Decimal Degrees33.73478333, -118.35455000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 44.087', W 118° 21.273'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 44' 5.22" N, 118° 21' 16.38" W
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Area Code(s)310
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4201-4219 Yacht Harbor Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275, US
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