I’m looking for some insight into harpoon cannons and harpoons (as used in whaling). Are any of you aware of books/research which specifically examine harpoon cannons’ methods of operation, major manufacturers, and types/models available (historically and at present)? I’m mostly seeking to document the technical characteristics of different types and models, and all known manufacturers, from 1900 to present day. It would also be important to examine the projectiles themselves in a similar way (types, models, manufacturers, etc.). Operational notes/manuals/etc. on employment of different harpoon cannons would also be useful.
Finally, are there ‘harpoon (cannon) experts’ known to any of you?