Definition of whaler in US English:



  • 1A whaling ship.

    • ‘The Falklands were colonised by house sparrows travelling aboard a fleet of whalers from Uruguay.’
    • ‘For centuries, American and European whalers and explorers had frequented Arctic waters at will, living off the land and the seas as they saw fit,.’
    • ‘A series of mainly South American fisherman have been hauled back to Australia with their ships and prosecuted after they were caught fishing near southern Heard Island, and HSI said it hoped to see similar action against whalers.’
    • ‘The Coast Guard cutter Bear became a familiar sight in Alaskan waters, rescuing icebound whalers, providing medical services for the Eskimos, and enforcing the international seal protection treaty.’
    • ‘Expecting Grady either to board or to sink the whaler, Anthony nudged his ship westward - and waited.’
    • ‘Cold-stiff hands and aching shoulders hauled on the guys tied to the fore and aft cleats of the whaler until it was drawn back on board the ship.’
    • ‘The whalers argued that they knew this from their own experience as whale hunters and that hunting had historically been restricted to the summer months because of the weather rather than the absence of pseudomigratory whales.’
    • ‘Cosens and Innes observed few bowheads south of Wager Bay, where American whalers found high densities of bowheads from 1860 into the 1870s.’
    • ‘Whaling reached its peak in New Bedford in 1857, when the city was home port to 329 registered vessels, half the total number of whalers in the service of the United States.’
    • ‘On the morning of 11 February 1944, off the Norwegian coast, Stubborn sighted a convoy of seven ships escorted by four trawlers, a whaler and an aircraft.’
    • ‘This attracted whalers and fishing vessels, as well as the natural deep water which was a suitable harbour to sea vessels on voyage around Cape of Good Hope.’
    • ‘Satellite imagery becomes useful for interpreting ice conditions to be faced by whalers no later than early March (6-7 weeks before the first whales arrive).’
    • ‘Since the international ban on whaling 21 years ago, cruising sailboats have replaced whalers as the primary visitors to the islands.’
    1. 1.1 A seaman engaged in whaling.
      • ‘Between 1831 and 1834 he worked as a whaler and sealer and organised whaling stations around the coast even before South Australia was established in 1836.’
      • ‘In the 1800s, missionaries brought cakes, Chinese brought chicken, and Norwegian whalers brought salmon marinated with onion and tomato (lomi salmon).’
      • ‘Alice Roberts looks back at Dundee's history of whaling and meets former whalers who risked their lives in this now reviled industry.’
      • ‘Fisheries science has long argued that whalers were killing too many whales and that their numbers were dwindling alarmingly.’
      • ‘Whaling ended here in 1964 and since then the nearby whaling station rusted to a skeleton, the whalers dispersed and their numbers declined much like the whales.’
      • ‘The International Whaling Commission has granted the whalers of the island of Bequia with Aboriginal Whaling Status.’
      • ‘Early in the nineteenth century crews of visiting ships came looking for flax, and from 1829 whalers came to share the bounty in this southern area.’
      • ‘When the Makahs stopped whaling in the 1920s it was because commercial whalers, harpooning all they could find, had nearly driven the gray whales to extinction.’
      • ‘‘It should give the sick whaler medical aid but ensure the ship does not return to the kill,’ Greens Party leader Bob Brown said in a statement.’
      • ‘Whaling stations were set up on Spitzbergen, which teemed with life during the whaling season, reverting to a ghost town once the whalers had left.’
      • ‘Back in colonial times, Spanish whaler José Manuel jumped ship in New Zealand and, as was the custom of the time, took several wives.’
      • ‘In response to what the Inuits considered to be an attack on their traditions, life and culture, Alaska whalers formed the Alaskan Eskimo Whaling Commission to represent themselves and negotiate for a higher quota.’
      • ‘However, the island's desolation was offset by whalers who came aboard from the ships Emma Jane and Roswell King.’
      • ‘On 10 November 1841, Kahe and John Nicoll, a whaler, were formerly married on board a ship off the coast of Kapiti.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, the film is intelligently and movingly constructed, and unquestionably catches at critical themes and undercurrents of the book, including its sympathy for the whalers ' harsh existence.’
      • ‘Both the letters and the Bulletin contain descriptions of the whalers, prospectors, government agents, and other missionaries who lived in Alaska at that time, as well as depictions of Inupiat life.’
      • ‘Second, it is a valuable historical document, shedding light on the history of Marlborough and Nelson, the whaling industry, and the relationships between the whalers and the Maori in the area.’
      • ‘Weyler is one of those who went out on the open sea in tiny boats, looking the whalers in the eye until they finally blinked.’
      • ‘In the 1997 season Norwegian whalers in 31 vessels killed 503 Minke whales of their 580-whale quota.’
      • ‘According to local legend, the killer whales would even guide the tiny whale boats out to the hunt so that the whalers could harpoon and lance the harassed animal.’