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WHALER, mar. law. A vessel employed in the whale fishery.
     2. It is usual for the owner of the vessel, the captain and crew, to divide the profits in just proportions, under an agreement similar to the contract Di Colonna. (q.v.)

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Then a whale catcher appeared, and they rowed out to it when it was close enough.
While some of this was due to having more numerous and more powerful whale catchers, it was also because much of the whaling was being conducted illegally.
Halfway through a powerful eyes-to-the-floor set, their singer, a cross between Flock Of Seagulls and a viking whale catcher, said: "I wrote this song when I was 16, I'm now 18 and it's called 17."