Moby Dick Chapter 20. All Astir.
Link http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2701/270 ... m#2HCH0020
Getting ready to sail. Still no sign of Ahab. But we meet "Captain Bildad's sister, a lean old lady of a most determined and indefatigable spirit,... Aunt Charity, as everybody called her. ... on board a ship in which ... she herself owned a score or two of well-saved dollars. ... it was startling to see this excellent hearted Quakeress coming on board, ... with a long oil-ladle in one hand, and a still longer whaling lance in the other."
Imagine the old Quakeress with the whale lance, a device used to pop hearts.