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A boatsteerer was a position on a nineteenth-century whaleship. One of the most responsible members of the crew, his duty was to pull the forward oar of a whaleboat until reaching striking distance of a whale. He then would harpoon the whale with an iron while the boat-handler (mate) guided the boat.[1][2]

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  1. ^ The Kendall Institute (2001). "Harpooners & Boatsteerers". Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  2. ^ "Nantucket Whaleboat Adventure Rowing Club". Retrieved 2008-08-13.