Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (noun) A small whaling-vessel which makes only short voyages.
The 'plum-puddinger' was so called because the crew had fresh provisions and an abundant supply of plum-pudding or plum-duff.
“This led to 'the fitting-out of a vessel for a six weeks' cruise' - probably a 'plum-puddinger,' as sailors call the whaling schooners found off the Atlantic islands.”
“My intention in coming here was to work my way in a coaster down east, to get a 'plumpuddinger' - that is, a whaler - out of Province Town, where they are all small vessels that fish in the Atlantic, and are only away nine months.”