When a new-hatched savage running wild about his native woodlands in a grass clout, followed by the nibbling goats, as if he were a green sapling; even then, in Queequeg's ambitious soul, lurked a strong desire to see something more of Christendom than a specimen whaler
But, with a full grown leviathan this is impossible; for the sperm whale's head embraces nearly one third of his entire bulk, and completely to suspend such a burden as that, even by the immense tackles of a whaler
, this were as vain a thing as to attempt weighing a Dutch barn in jewellers' scales The Pequod's whale being decapitated and the body stripped, the head was hoisted against the ship's side --about half way out of the sea, so that it might yet in great part be buoyed up by its native element.
If the beach was good and hard, with a slope behind it for seals to play on, there was always the smoke of a whaler
on the horizon, boiling down blubber, and Kotick knew what that meant.
But, Ned, you, a whaler
by profession, familiarised with all the great marine mammalia--YOU ought to be the last to doubt under such circumstances
And she would have been posted really as "overdue," or maybe as "missing," had she not been sighted in a snowstorm, vaguely, like a strange rolling island, by a whaler
going north from her Polar cruising ground.
At any rate, he once more signed a ship's articles, and on January 1, 1841, sailed from New Bedford harbour in the whaler
Acushnet, bound for the Pacific Ocean and the sperm fishery.
When he and the girl went north to Ellesmere Land in the year of the Wonderful Open Winter, he left the picture-story with Kadlu, who lost it in the shingle when his dog-sleigh broke down one summer on the beach of Lake Netilling at Nikosiring, and there a Lake Inuit found it next spring and sold it to a man at Imigen who was interpreter on a Cumberland Sound whaler
, and he sold it to Hans Olsen, who was afterward a quartermaster on board a big steamer that took tourists to the North Cape in Norway.
I found that he had been in command of a whaler
which was due to return from the Arctic seas at the very time when my father was crossing to Norway.
Didn't the full-rigged ship, the whaler
Essex, sink off the west coast of South America, twelve hundred miles from the nearest land for the small boats to cover, and all because of a big cow whale that butted her into kindling-wood?
Not thirty years before, the whaler
BLENNERDALE, running into the lagoon for repair, had been cut off with all hands.
The list of the saved, as collected by the people of the whaler
, is not vouched for as being absolutely correct, the circumstances having been adverse to investigation.
He had just worked his way on another ship to San Francisco; and now he wanted to see about getting a berth on a whaler