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Pearl dredge

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Metal pole with nets attached

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Pearl dredges were dragged behind boats to harvest pearl shells. A number of dredges could be used at one time on a boat, while it was under sail. The dredges would be hauled in and the shell was taken to shore for processing.

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Cossack was the centre for pearling in the North West of Western Australia until it moved to Broome in the 1890s.

City of Karratha Local History Archives

City of Karratha Local History Archives

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Pearl dredge
Pearl dredges were dragged behind boats to harvest pearl shells. A number of dredges could be used at one time on a boat, while it was under sail. The dredges would be hauled in and the shell was taken to shore for processing

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