"The number of whales in the gulf separating Trinidad from Venezuela so impressed Christopher Columbus, that he called it "Golfo de Ballenas".
By the mid-nineteenth century whaling was a thriving industry with whaling stations established on the islands of Chacachacare and Gasparee. Depletion led to the abandonment of the whaling industry toward the end of the century, and Chacachacare became a leper colony. Gasparee developed as a resort island, where Point Baleine, one of the largest whaling stations, became the site of a well-known guesthouse.
This scene, possibly a study for a lithograph, shows the whalers as they leave the Second Bocas, Huevos Island behind them, to hunt in the seas along the north coast of Trinidad." G. MacLean, op. cit., p.50)