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  • "tryworks" amidships, revealing two gigantic pots set in a frame of brickwork side by side, capable of holding 200 gallons each.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales

  • See with what entire freedom the whaleman takes his handful of lamps — often but old bottles and vials, though — to the copper cooler at the tryworks, and replenishes them there, as mugs of ale at a vat.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • The rudder was bringing the heavy boat toward the Spanish frigate, which meant the steering oar was faked, which meant the shipwreck was faked, a fact that Ardiles had simultaneously guessed when he saw that the whaler's tryworks, a brick furnace built amidships in which the whale blubber was rendered down into the precious oil, had survived the apparent rolling of a ship that had destroyed three solid masts.

    Sharpe's Devil

  • From the cabin door to the tryworks there was hardly an inch of available space, and the oozing oil kept some of us continually baling it up, lest it should leak out through the interstices in the bulwarks.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales

  • Years ago, in the days when the whaleships from Nantucket, and Salem, and Martha's Vineyard, and New Bedford cruised northward towards the cold seas of Japan and Tchantar Bay, and the smoky glare of their tryworks lit up the ocean at night, the Gilberts were a wild place, and many a murderous scene was enacted on white beach and shady palm grove.

    The Ebbing Of The Tide South Sea Stories - 1896

  • The wind now began to blow steadily from the nor'-west; but not so hard as to stop our tryworks for more than an hour.

    Fighting the Whales

  • See with what entire freedom the whaleman takes his handful of lamps -- often but old bottles and vials, though -- to the copper cooler at the tryworks, and replenishes them there, as mugs of ale at a vat.

    Moby Dick: or, the White Whale

  • That's right, the Historical Commission took a pass on speaking out on behalf of the last relatively intact whale oil tryworks in existence in the world.

    SouthCoastToday.com Latest Headlines

  • They didn't lose their tryworks when they rolled! "

    Sharpe's Devil

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  • "That first supper on deck, all of us from fo'c's'le sitting next to the tryworks round a huge lump of salt pork that sat like a rock upon a tub they called the kid."

    Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch, p 72 of the Doubleday hardcover edition

    January 11, 2012