Nantucket sleigh ride

Nantucket sleigh ride

An instance of a whaling ship that has hooked a whale and thus is being pulled by it. We're going on a Nantucket sleigh ride today, boys—I can feel it! There's a whale out there just waiting for our harpoons!
See also: ride, sleigh
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On this particular trip we caught 19 species offish; several at the time were unidentified, many the first of that species for a few of the anglers and more than one Nantucket sleigh ride from fish that are still out there swimming with our lures in their mouths.
I jumped in while he held it tight to the boat, then like the famous Nantucket sleigh ride of whaling days, dragged me to the prime location.
And then there's the whaling: the 'wild excitement' when the lookouts cry 'There she B-L-O-W-S!!!'; the tense moments when the sailors row close enough to slam the 'cruel irons' deep into the whale's flesh; the resulting 'Nantucket sleigh ride' as the creature attempts to outrun the whaler's ropes; its baneful lancing, final 'flurries', and death--'His chimney is afire' the crew would shout triumphantly as blood gushed from the blowhole.
If the whale survived and bolted, the crew might enjoy the clipping speed of a "Nantucket sleigh ride" until the mammal spouted blood, signaling the end was near.
There was time for a stirring Laing drum solo, with drumsticks flying into the crowd, before a memorable Nantucket Sleigh Ride, one of Mountain's all-time classics.
But after hours of putting churn in the water feeding the little fish, he sees a huge tuna, he manages to get the harpoon into it, and the "Nantucket sleigh ride" begins, as the large fish pulls Skiff and the little boat through the water.