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The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses
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Quentin R. Walsh and P. J. Capelotti

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034799

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034799.001.0001

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Killer Boats, the Harpoon, Killer Iron, and Modern Whale Gun

Killer Boats, the Harpoon, Killer Iron, and Modern Whale Gun

(p.111) 7 Killer Boats, the Harpoon, Killer Iron, and Modern Whale Gun
The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

Quentin R. Walsh

University Press of Florida

The killer boats employed by a modern expedition were between 160 and 185 feet in length with a 16- to 20-foot beam. They varied from 160 to 200 tons; had a speed of 11 to 16 knots; and had a cruising radius from 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Some of those were built in Germany, but the majority of killer boats were constructed in Norway and England. The price of a modern boat was approximately $200,000. When the expedition was underway to and from the whaling grounds, the killer boats accompanied the factory ships, generally remaining in sight. The factory ship fueled and provisioned the vessels when necessary. The boats possessed a crew varying from twelve to sixteen men, consisting of the gunner, mate, chief engineer, cook, and mess boy; the remainder was made up of the deck and engineering force.

Keywords:   killer boats, expedition, Germany, Norway, England

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