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Synonyms for harpooneer

someone who launches harpoons

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Of the names in this list of whale authors, only those following Owen ever saw living whales; and but one of them was a real professional harpooneer and whaleman.
Why, thou monkey," said a harpooneer to one of these lads, "we've been cruising now hard upon three years, and thou hast not raised a whale yet.
He also hunts, traps, surveys land, and sails as a harpooneer on a whaling ship.
After a stiff pull, their harpooneer got fast, and, spear in hand, Radney sprang to the bow.
Hardly had he done so, when he was surrounded by the three junior mates and the four harpooneers, who all crowded him to the deck.
It is the captain's orders--grog for the harpooneer on a whale.
It was not me," cried Dough-Boy, "it was Aunt Charity that brought the ginger on board; and bade me never give the harpooneers any spirits, but only this ginger-jub--so she called it.
Latin from the books of the Laws of England, which taken along with the context, means, that of all whales captured by anybody on the coast of that land, the King, as Honorary Grand Harpooneer, must have the head, and the Queen be respectfully presented with the tail.
consumed by every Low Dutch harpooneer in that ancient Greenland and Spitzbergen whale fishery.
This improvement upon the original usage was introduced by no less a man than Stubb, in order to afford the imperilled harpooneer the strongest possible guarantee for the faithfulness and vigilance of his monkey-rope holder.
Availing himself of the mild, summer-cool weather that now reigned in these latitudes, and in preparation for the peculiarly active pursuits shortly to be anticipated, Perth, , had not removed his portable forge to the hold again, after concluding his contributory work for Ahab's leg, but still retained it on deck, fast lashed to ringbolts by the foremast; being now almost incessantly invoked by the headsmen, and harpooneers, and bowsmen to do some little job for them; altering, or repairing, or new shaping their various weapons and boat furniture.
And now, ye mates, I do appoint ye three cup-bearers to my three pagan kinsmen there--yon three most honorable gentlemen and noblemen, my valiant harpooneers.
In his speech in "The Quarter-Deck," charismatic Ahab uses the appeal to pathos (emotions) to persuade his crew to take up his cause; here he also uses flattery in calling his harpooneers valiant gentlemen and noblemen.
Adding a certain irony to the situation is the presence of a huge pod of whales up ahead of the Pequod, causing the harpooneers to cheer and wave their weapons wildly despite their seemingly perilous situation.
His use of pathos is directed at the crew, especially the emotional, unreasoning pagan harpooneers.