|Moby Dick Chapter 63 The Crotch
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|Author:||Robert Tulip [ Mon May 21, 2012 6:57 am ]|
|Post subject:||Moby Dick Chapter 63 The Crotch|
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2701/270 ... m#2HCH0063
The crotch is a notched stick holding harpoons ready for insertion into whales. The "instantaneous, violent, convulsive running of the whale upon receiving the first iron" often means there is no time to insert the second barb, which has to be tossed overboard, lest it accidentally lodge in the head of a hapless rower.
The occupational health and safety here falls short of modern standards.
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