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.
She must have looked ghostly enough, that broken-down steamer, rolling in that snowstorm - a dark apparition in a world of white snowflakes to the staring eyes of that whaler's crew.
"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!"
"As a whaler I have followed many a cetacean, harpooned a great number, and killed several; but, however strong or well-armed they may have been, neither their tails nor their weapons would have been able even to scratch the iron plates of a steamer."
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.
In the big graveyard, at head and feet of the graves, were relics of past sanguinary history--blubber-spades, rusty old bayonets and cutlasses, copper bolts, rudder-irons, harpoons, bomb guns, bricks that could have come from nowhere but a whaler
's trying-out furnace, and old brass pieces of the sixteenth century that verified the traditions of the early Spanish navigators.
Twice I actually hired myself as an under-mate in a Greenland whaler
, and acquitted myself to admiration.
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
. Across the estuary, near where the whalers
lay, was lying the sloop-yacht Idler.
The pests haven't shown up yet in Oregon's waterways, but state inspectors recently found zebra mussels clinging to the hull of a 15-foot Boston Whaler
that had stopped for a voluntary check.
23, 2010, when the helicopter identified the suspect boat as the whaler
from MV Aly Zoulfecar, which had been acting as a pirate "mother ship" since it was hijacked on Nov.
The ship, a whaler
often used by pirates in the Indian Ocean, had an unusually large crew and a skiff onboard.