The Greener harpoon primarily was used to hunt Arctic whales in the 19th century . Trying to approach a whale and be close enough to hurl a hand darted harpoon proved difficult. This harpoon was fired from Greener gun mounted on the bow of the whaling boat. When fired the harpoon traveled a much greater distance then the hand held harpoon resulting a greater harvest.
The length is 44 1/2 inches.