Eighteen months on a Greenland whaler by Joseph P. Faulkner

Eighteen months on a Greenland whaler

byJoseph P. Faulkner

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI. A WHALE. It was not till a week or two subsequent to the adventures detailed in the last chapter that we were favored with our first encounter. Several whales had been at various times visible to us at a distance, and some at cldser propinquity, but either their remoteness, or intervention by others, prevented us from coming before now into contact with them. Our vessel was cruising around the gulf, which as before remarked, is a favorite resort of the whale, at once capacious and sheltered, and abounding in its peculiar diet and chief article of nutriment, " squid;" as before stated, a gelatinous substance composed of animalculae. One afternoon, when we were so skirting the southern side, some five or six miles off, and while we were all quietly and inertly moving about deck, each performing some little task that did not prevent his thoughts roving o'er far distant scenes, our attention was suddenly and sharply aroused, and an interest awakened at the same moment to what was transpiring around, by a cry for concerted and immediate action. The quick, loud call of the lookout from the masthead, of " whales on the starboard bow!" followed by the stentorian orders of the captain, echoed by the under-officers of "man the boats!" acted like a shock of electricity from a galvanic battery upon us. A general arousing and hurry-skurry ensued. Every eye now lit with excitement, while every neck was stretched toward the offing whence proceeded the indications announced. In less time than is now occupied in relation, all were in their several places, awaiting nervously further behest from the powers that were. It was soon decided, as evidently but a single specimen had appeared, not more than four of our boats--half the complement we had on hand--were to ...

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Title:Eighteen months on a Greenland whalerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217711537

ISBN - 13:9780217711531

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