An old Dutch whaling term used to describe an officer of equal rank to Captain: ‘over the whale-hunting department and all its concerns, the Specksynder or Chief Harpooneer reigned supreme.’

At the end of a journey aboard the Pequod, there may be a certain player who feels a twinge of moral resentment, by the fact that this certain player, by the numbers, played best, but for some reason or other was not fated to survive the Final Chase and claim Ishmael. For this player, this ancient term is dredged up to pay heed and homage to the chief whale-killer.