In the Museum of Iron, Coalbrookdale. According to the information on the stand in front of the pot:
'Abraham Darby came to Coalbrookdale in 1708 to make cast iron pots. The same type of pots remained in production into the early 1900s and had many names such as 'furnaces', 'hoddy-doddies' and 'missionary pots'.
They were produced in a range of sizes up to 400 gallons and were used in large kitchens and in inudstrial processes such as soap-making.
Pots like this one, with flattened sides, were used by whalers for rendering down whale blubber. This released the valuable oil it contained. The pots were used either on board ship, or landed ashore, and examples have been found as far away as Tasmania and the Hawaiian Islands.'
En route back to the UK today - comment, etc. uncertain.
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