Lemmer (whaling)

A lemmer is the person who dismembers a whale separating the meat, flippers, and bones in the butchering process after it has been stripped of blubber by a flenser.[1] The lemmer removes the meat from the bones so it can be boiled to remove the whale oil. The word lemmer is from the Norwegian language word lemme, meaning dismember.[2] On boats, the lemmer men separated the meat from the bones on the lemmer deck where the carcass was pulled.[3]


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  2. Hince, Bernadette (2 November 2018). "The Antarctic Dictionary: A Complete Guide to Antarctic English". Csiro Publishing via Google Books.
  3. "Maritime Topics on Stamps". www.shipsonstamps.org.
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