Meaning of harpooner in English:

harpooner

Pronunciation /hɑːˈpuːnə/

noun

See harpoon

‘Into the early twentieth century, before the decline of the whaling industry, Cape Verdeans were prominent on the Whalers, serving in every capacity from ship captains to harpooners to shipmates.’
  • ‘The two men became fast friends, both signing on as harpooners aboard the Pequod, a Quaker-owned whaler out of Nantucket.’
  • ‘Foremost among the whalers was the harpooner and among the great harpooners the name of Ollivierre stands out.’
  • ‘In one 1995 piece, ‘The Whale Hunters,’ he tells of the time that a harpooner on the Caribbean island of Bequia, Athneal Ollivierre, was knocked out when a whale crushed the side of his boat.’
  • ‘The daring and skill of these whale hunters is especially highlighted by the harpooner who balances on a platform at the front of the boat and thrusts himself from the platform, along with the harpoon, in order to add his weight to the throw.’