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Walking in the Shoes of Herman Melville

“Sometimes the whale shakes its tremendous tail in the air, which, cracking like a whip, resounds to the distance of three or four miles.” – SCORESBY “Mad with the agonies he endures from these fresh attacks, the infuriated Sperm Whale … Continue reading

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Walking in the Shoes of Herman Melville

“No, Sir, ’tis a Right Whale,” answered Tom; “I saw his sprout; he threw up a pair of as pretty rainbows as a Christian would wish to look at. He’s a raal oil-butt, that fellow!” COOPER’S PILOT. “The papers were … Continue reading

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Walking in the Shoes of Herman Melville

Whales, but did not take any till the first of May, the sea being then covered with them.” – COLNETT’S VOYAGE FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXTENDING THE SPERMACETI WHALE FISHERY. “In the year 1690 some persons were on a high … Continue reading

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Walking in the Shoes of Herman Melville

consideration of his guarding and protecting the seas from pirates and robbers, is the right to royal fish, which are whale and sturgeon. And these, when either thrown ashore or caught near the coast, are the property of the king.” … Continue reading

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Walking in the Shoes of Herman Melville

lime-stone, juniper-wood, and some other articles of the same nature in their boats, in order to terrify and prevent their too near approach.” – UNO VON TROIL’S LETTERS ON BANKS’S AND SOLANDER’S VOYAGE TO ICELAND IN 1772. “The Spermacetti Whale … Continue reading

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Walking in the Shoes of Herman Melville

attended with such an insupportable smell, as to bring on a disorder of the brain.” – ULLOA’s SOUTH MERICA “If we compare land animals in respect to magnitude, with those that take up their abode in the deep, we shall … Continue reading

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Walking in the Shoes of Herman Melville

length of the whale-bone kind came in, which (as I was informed), besides a vast quantity of oil, did afford 500 weight of baleen. The jaws of it stand for a gate in the garden of Pitferren.” – SIBBALD’S FIFE … Continue reading

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