whale catcher


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whale catcher

n
(Fishing) a vessel engaged in the actual harpooning of whales
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The expedition crew transferred to a whale catcher for the journey to South Orkney.
Exhibits on show range from a fullyrestored whale catcher ship to a collection of black and white photos from the 1950s, which reveal the daily lives of the whalers, both on land and on sea.
In the 1860's, the Norwegian whaler and sealer Svend Foyn introduced the steam-powered whale catcher and the exploding harpoon gun to the whaling industry (Tonnessen and Johnsen, 1982).