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The deranged captain of the Pequod, the whaling ship in Moby-Dick, does manage to stick his harpoon into the great white whale, but he is snagged by a loop of rope attached to the harpoon. "The flying turn caught him round the neck, and … he was shot out of the boat, ere the crew knew he was gone".
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