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Seal Try Pot

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Date: 1820 -

Description: Large cast iron pot for rendering down seal blubber, extracting oil for lamps. Iron try pots, or cauldrons, were used to melt down blubber and obtain the valuable oil. This try pot was found at Cape Portland on Tasmania's north east coast, and was probably used for rendering seals. Sealing was the major industry of the Bass Strait islands in the early 19th century.

Format: realia
Object: sealing
Material: Cast iron

Seal Try Pot

Subjects: sealingsealers (people)

Places: Cape Portland Tasmania

Institution: George Town and District Historical Society Inc.

Object number: GTH_PS0001

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