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A harpoon gun was a tool used in the whaling industry. The gun was a cannon mounted onto the bow of a whaling ship. The barrel of the cannon could swivel to either side of the ship. Two individuals were usually assigned to this gun. The loader would manually feed a harpoon into the gun, while a gunner would eyeball the target and fire the harpoon into the whale. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

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