The harpooner on a whale boat was also known as the boatsteerer because, after they sunk their harpoon into the whale, they would climb to the back of the boat and steer it for the critical part of the capture popularly known as the "nantucket sleighride."
Harpooners had to have extremely strong arms and be able to hurl the shaft a distance of 20 feet with enough velocity to sink it adequately into the back of the whale.
Successful harpooners were considered a "skilled hand" and as such demanded and received higher share or 'lay'of the profits from a voyage.
The most famous of them all was the fictional Queequeg of Moby Dick, a Wampanoag Indian. Indian whale hunters from his tribe hunted from shore and paddled canoes out from island cliffs like those on Gay Head on Martha's Vineyard and the bluffs on Nantucket known as Sankaty, a Wampanoag name meaning place of great bones.
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