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.
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.
Here we leave, for the most part, the dreamy pictures of island life, and find ourselves sharing the extremely realistic discomforts of a Sydney whaler
in the early forties.
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.
The amazing strength, the skill in the use of the harpoon, the rum and water, the sealskin tobacco-pouch with the coarse tobacco--all these pointed to a seaman, and one who had been a whaler.
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.
That ship was a whaler
, strayed east, far east, from the mouth of the Mackenzie, and it was lying at anchor in Coronation Gulf.
Twice I actually hired myself as an under-mate in a Greenland whaler
, and acquitted myself to admiration.
They failed to attract the atten tion of a lonely whaler, and very soon the edge of the polar ice-cap rose from the sea and closed the southern horizon like a wall.
They shared, but only three of them all were alive when a whaler, re turning from her cruising ground, nearly ran over the water-logged hull of the Borgmester Dahl, which, it seems, in the end had in some way sprung a leak in both her holds, but being loaded with deals could not sink.