parmacetty whale= sperm whale :抹香鯨
Lower away, and after him! And what tune is it ye pull to, men?
A dead whale or a stove boat!
This fatalistic expression describes the reality of the nineteenth century whale hunt, which resulted in either a slaughtered whale or a smashed boat. Carved into granite on theWhaleman’s Memorial, a statue of a fierce harpooner marking the front of the New Bedford Public Library, the words “A Dead Whale or a Stove Boat” convey the all-or-nothing mentality of the quest for “liquid gold.”
Cutting-tackle used in 'cutting in' the whale
nor' by nor'east= north by northeast: 北方偏東北方
shake out a reef: to untile the reef points and spread more canvas
unsetting adj. 令人不安的
on the lee beam: directly to the leeward
gunwale: 請見圖片示意(點擊圖片, 圖片會放大)