The whaling industry began along the North Carolina coast during the 17th-century. Prized for their oil and bones, whales were hunted primarily between February and April as they migrated toward northern waters. Whaling was a community activity. Men would man the ships and bring in the catch while women and children waited onshore readying scrapping knives and tending fires to boil the oil from blubber. In 1899 a hurricane ravaged Camp Lookout. The hurricane, and a dwindling whale population, ended North Carolina's whaling industry.