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“Then came the dull explosion of the bomb-lance somewhere in the vitals of the whale.”
“Mr. Gibson went over backward, exploding the gun and sending the bomb-lance into the air.”
“Gibson had dropped, and sent a bomb-lance into the whale at so short a distance that it seemed as though we might have touched him by putting out a hand.”
“The bomb-lance is surer than the old-time lance, and keeps the boat and crew farther from the seat of peril.”
“The bomb-lance and gun are all very well; but the harpoon is the real weapon on which the whaleman must depend.”
“We came around and dropped our young anchor, splash! and saluted the port -- twenty-one guns from our bomb-lance things.”
“Two of those 7-inch muzzles were real muzzles, that is, black-tarred wood like the others, but they were hollow so we could train a bomb-lance whaling-gun through them, one to each side.”
“I'd long before this loaded my two whaling bomb-lance guns, but this time I put in them the lances, which were of steel, weighed eighty pounds, and were four and a half feet long -- not a bad little projectile at all.”
“Suffice it to say, that we actually killed six whales, none of whom were less than fifty barrels, no boat ran out more than one hundred fathoms of line, neither was a bomb-lance used.”
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