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Today is the 161st Anniversary of Moby Dick.

Today is the 161st Anniversary of Moby Dick.


Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville, first published
in 1851.

Two actual events served as the inspiration for the tale. One was the sinking of the Nantucket ship Essex in 1820, after it was rammed by a large sperm whale 2,000 miles (3,200 km) from the western coast of South America.

The other event was the alleged killing in the late 1830s of the albino sperm whale Mocha Dick, in the waters off the Chilean island of Mocha.


Google did some logo art for the day.


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  1. Emerson Lighthouse Emerson Lighthouse October 18, 2012

    How enduring! That period in America produced absolutely incredible literature whether it be essays, fiction, or poetry.



  2. Junie Ginsburg Junie Ginsburg October 18, 2012

    Happy anniversary to a volume that captured my imagination even as a young girl!

    “I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.”

    • Pilipo Underwood Pilipo Underwood October 18, 2012

      I tried to go out on the pier to spot Moby Dick, but I could not find that confounded bridge!

  3. Pilipo Underwood Pilipo Underwood October 18, 2012

    Once’t upon a time, I found myself quite alone for an extended period of time – the details are not important, but it was not prison – and I read Moby Dick entire! Even the Nature Of Whales Chapters, gawd hep me. What a magnificent book! What surprised me is how funny it is any many places – if the “translations” aboard the French Whaler doan put you in stitches, you ain’t got no sense of humor! 

    • Garnet Psaltery Garnet Psaltery October 19, 2012

      How interesting, Mr. Valeska.  Completely unknown to me.

  4. Kimika Ying Kimika Ying October 19, 2012

                                     White Whale sighting in the Blake Sea


    This would be a good place to share the following:

    On October 29, 1868, six year old Laura Jernegan sailed from New Bedford with her family on the bark
    Roman. They were off in search of whales.

    • Cadmus Lupindo Cadmus Lupindo October 19, 2012

      Thank you for the link.

      It is my goal to replace all the sculpted objects and tools, at Ahab’s, with mesh versions.

      This link inspired me to do more research and make more accurate mesh items.

      ((In the process of learning Blender.))

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