Petter Sørlle

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Petter Sørlle (February 16, 1884 - May 29, 1933) was a Norwegian whaling captain and inventor.[1]


Petter Martin Mattias Koch Sørlle was born at Tune (now Sarpsborg) in Østfold, Norway. Both his father and grand-father had been sailors. He was engaged in whaling from Vestfold and later participated in Antarctica whaling near the South Georgia Island and South Orkney Islands.[2]

He invented slipways for whaling ships which he patented in 1922. His invention was a device by which the whale could be fully drawn to the ship. The pickup slip was first used in the Antarctic Ocean by the whaling company Globus of Larvik on-board the FLK Lancing during the season 1925-26. [3]

Sørlle was the first manager of the United Whalers whaling shore station at Stromness, South Georgia. He carried out surveys and is commemorated by several place names in Antarctic waters.[4] [5]

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  1. ^ Bjørn L. Basberg. "Petter Sørlle". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "Petter Sørlle". Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "1925 DS/FLK Lancing". Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  4. ^ R.K. Headland. "Whaling Stations: Stromness". South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands. Retrieved January 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "Petter Sørlle". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved January 1, 2018.

Other sources[edit]

  • Næss, Øyvind (1951) Hvalfangerselskapet Globus A/S 1925-1950 : et kapitel av den moderne hvalfangsts historie (Larvik: Hvalfangerselskapet Globus)
  • Tønnessen, Joh N.; & Johnsen, Arne Odd (1982). The History of Modern Whaling. (University of California Press). ISBN 0520039734.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)

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