Cheynes II in the Albany Region
Cheynes III in the Albany Region
In 1982 this whale chaser was scuttled just off the western side of Michaelmas Island in King George Sound. This artificial reef lies in about 23 meters of water and although the hull is breaking up these days it’s still possible to explore the engine room and the wheelhouse. The engine itself is on display at Whale World and is still working.
The Cheynes IV in the Albany Region
is Australia’s only accessible whale chaser giving visitors the opportunity to explore the whole vessel and experience a whale hunt through audio re-enactment and can be found at Whaleworld. It was built in Norway in 1948 and given the name W Fearnhead. In 1970 it was sold the the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company where it was renamed.In 1981 it was towed to its present position at Whale World where it is on display.
Cheynes I in the Albany Region
Built in Oslo, Norway in 1921 was given the name Toern. •Was used by a Norwegian Whaling Company and by 1938 was sold to the Thor Dhal Group. From 1942 to 1946 the Toern was used by the Royal Navy as a Mine Sweeper. Between 1952 to 1961 it served as a Whale Chaser for the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company. In 1961 was sold to a scrap dealer and subsequently sunk between Michaelmas Island and the north shore of the King George Sound, in the Albany Region, Western Australia.
Whale World in the Albany Region
Whaling was a huge industry of the town for many years but in 1978 Albany’s whaling station ceased its operations.
Step back in time and take a journey through Whale World, the site of the last operating whaling station in Australia.
Confronting, emotional and thought provoking, it is also wonderful to see how far we have progressed, that the whales are back and we are able to enjoy them in their territory in the Albany Region. The whale season is from June to October and you can see these magnificent Humpback and Southern Right whales cruising along our coastline with their calves as they head off to the cooler Antarctic waters.