Thursday, August 1, 2013

Happy Birthday, Herman Melville

At the Moby Dick Marathon at Mystic Seaport, yesterday. Every year on July 31st, they read the entire book out loud, for 24 hours straight, in honor of Melville's Birthday (on August 1st).

The first nine chapters were read in the Greenmanville Chapel. Then we moved to the deck of the Charles W. Morgan. I had signed up for Chapter 10, so I got to do the first reading on board the just refloated Morgan. It was originally launched in June, 1841, and is the only remaining wooden Whaling Ship in the world. It has been undergoing a major restoration, and was relaunched on July 21. I am standing just behind the Tryworks, which, unfortunately, has a signboard in front of it. But the brick fire chambers and iron pots are right there in back of me. And further behind me, up in the Bow, there are people busily caulking seams.

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