Model of a Whale Chaser


This intricate model of the Cheynes IV vessel, was made by local model boat enthusiast Ian Lunt. The Cheynes IV was one of six whale chasers owned by the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company over its 27 whaling seasons. It was brought by the station in 1970 and was the newest whale chaser that the station owned at the time. Along with the Cheynes II and the Cheynes III, these were the last three whale chasers operational in Australian waters. After studying this model, go on board the life-size whale chaser and imagine it rocking in the wild seas of the Southern Ocean. Hold on!

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Albany's Historic Whaling Station

Visit the only complete whaling station tourism attraction in the world!

Looking out from the well-worn flensing deck, the view of King George Sound and its islands is breathtaking. The quiet tranquillity is in sharp contrast to the noisy, steamy, and very odorous scene...


81 Whaling Station Road
Torndirrup WA 6330

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