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New Bedford Whaling Museum

To smash up a whaleboat, as in "He stove in his boat", or "The boat was stove." Frank Bullen, a sailor who wrote about his whaling adventures in 1899 described this scene of a whaleboat being attacked by a whale: "Full on broadside it struck us, sending every soul but me flying out of the wreckage as if fired from catapults. I did not go because my foot was jammed somehow in the well [bottom] of the boat, but the wrench nearly pulled my thigh bone out of its socket. I had hardly released my foot, when towering above me, came the colossal head of the giant creature as he plowed through the bundle of debris that had just been a boat." (Bullen)

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