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A five-pronged harpoon attached to a line and carried on board many ships in the days of sail for fishing, particularly for catching dolphins. The fisherman usually climbed out on to the jib-boom or the bumpkin and drove the grain into the dolphin as it swam beneath him.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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