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didn't play the rules. The Russians were the real offenders. While Sir Gerald retired 12 years ago, his career culminated in corpor ate civil war in 1997, as he led the charge against plans to demerge Christian Salvesen's subsidiary Aggreko and leave Edinburgh. "I lost that battle, but things are always changing in business," he says with a shrug, before adding: "I think they would have done better not to do it, but they have recovered. "The Christian Salvesen empire has since split into two halves, Aggreko, which supplies portable power units, and Christian Salvesen, which specialises in logistic.
"I shot a whale myself once," he says, chin tilting upwards with pride. "I got a lot of interest and pleasure from whaling. We were sad to have to finish. " For all its glory, he admits the whaling industry was hard for its men, who were away from home for up to two years at a time in pursuit of a rather messy business. "When a whale is on the deck it's 12ft high and weighs 100 tons. It was a hugely industrious business in its last years. "It was rather like an abattoir. When the whale came up on deck it was cut up into bits and they went down various holes for oils or frozen meat and various other products. "Forty minutes after the whale arrived there would be nothing Adidas Gazelle Light Grey left.
" Leith Harbour was founded at South Georgia in 1909, butthecompany itself had been founded in Edinburgh in 1846 by Sir Gerald's great grandfather, Norwegian Christian Salvesen. Despite it being a tradition, Sir Gerald didn't at first intend to join the family shipping business, until whaling caught his interest after leaving Oxford University. Then he was hooked. But from the 1960s the whaling industry was under international pressure to cease operations although attempts to regulate commercial whaling to protect the species weren't successful enough to prevent a ban in 1963. "The main problem was that some countries signed up but Adidas Gazelle Forest Green Indoor
reasons and evidently this gave the wrong signal. There was no military presence down there at all, they only had this ship which was sometimes used to chase the Argentines. "With the invasion Britain had to hastily assemble a task force of 30 warships to transport 6000 troops 8000 miles to defend the islands' 2000 people. Sitting in the extensive library at his Inverleith home, Sir Gerald adds: "We were only a minor cog in the whole thing. It has been suggested that Mr Davidoff, who was the scrap merchant, was hand in glove with the Argentine government. "I don't think he was, but I think he was forced to be eventually. I think they thought: 'let's hop aboard and take South Georgia while we're about it'. "In his youth, he frequently travelled to Leith Harbour to take part in whaling expeditions, which used 150ft "catchers" to hunt the huge creatures.
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