E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
in a Greenlanders galley, is a small room constructed of staves, something like an empty cask. It is fitted up with seats and other conveniences, and here the person on watch continues for two hours looking out for whales. The whale generally announces his approach by a blowing, which may in favourable circumstances be heard several miles off.