Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Charles W. Morgan pt. 7


After you harpoon the whale and let it exhaust itself dragging you around the ocean, you set a lamp on the top of your longboat's mast, and wait for the whaling ship to find you. The whale is then tied to the side of the boat and stripped of its blubber. An incision is made in the whale's hide, and a hook is run through it. The hook is attached to tackle connected to the ship's tallest mast, which acts as an improvised crane. The blubber is then pulled off the whale in a single long strip called the blanket. These men are tending to that process. This was difficult work, and it had to be done quickly, because sharks were eating your profits with every minute the whale was in the water.

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