One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A long rowboat with a bow at either end for easy maneuverability, formerly used in whaling.
- ‘The first organised ferry service from Auckland to Devonport began in 1854 using sail or oar propelled whaleboats.’
- ‘USS Walker's motor whaleboat was waiting by prearrangement to pick him and Esther up.’
- ‘Gosnell Hall, the largest room in the museum, contains a skeleton of a forty-six-foot-long sperm whale, a thirty-foot-long whaleboat, whaling tools, and ship captains' portraits.’
- ‘When he retired from the sea in 1870 he returned to Bequia and set up whaling ‘companies ‘consisting of four whaleboats and about 26 men per company.’’
- ‘The replica whaleboat presented to the Batavia Long Boat Replica Project Foundation in January is set to play a key role in a documentary about the whaling ship Catalpa.’
- ‘The cheers ebbed as they spied a plume of smoke to the northeast - the British steamship Georgette was bearing down on both the Catalpa and the whaleboat.’
- ‘Ishmael reports that ‘the whale can never be known completely, for the man in the whaleboat is never in a position to see the entire shape of his massive prey.’’
- ‘Successive displays chronicle the Greek trireme, perhaps the ultimate statement of rowing power, the Venetian gondola, the Thames wherry, wooden-hulled lifeboats and arctic whaleboats.’
- ‘In 1809, he seized a whaleboat and disappeared with five hostages, eventually turning up in Guayaquil.’
- ‘Unlike Shackleton's 22 ft whaleboat, the James Caird, it could turn through 360 degrees without any risk of sinking.’
- ‘They fashion small-scale versions of yachts, whaleboats, and other vessels that are perfect in every detail.’
- ‘The sailors and coxswain running the whaleboat pushed off again to help the others towing away the wreckage.’
- ‘Charles Sturt attempted to drag a whaleboat into the arid centre in the foolish expectation of finding an imaginary [inland] sea.’
- 1.1 A boat similar to a whaleboat used as a ship's lifeboat and utility boat.
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