Filed under: Book review, maritime, maritime art, maritime heritage, Moby-Monday, storytelling | Tags: Google, Herman Melville, Moby Dick Big Read, Moby-Dick, PowerMobyDick.com, Tilda Swinton
We love Moby-Dick at Sea-Fever so it was fun to stumble upon Google’s Doodle celebrating the 161st birthday of it’s publication in England. We can celebrate again next month because it was published in the US on November 14, 1851!
As a present to Sea-Fever readers, here’s the 1st chapter of the Moby-Dick Big Read. Here’s what’s that’s all about:
…an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, to be broadcast online in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible.
They started posting a chapter a day on Sept. 16, 2012. Tilda Swinton spins an awesome yarn in Chapter 1 – Loomings. There are many other interesting readers and the artwork on the website is definitely worth a visit.
Of course, if you need any help deciphering Melville’s lexicon, there’s no better place to go than Meg Guroff’s awesome PowerMobyDick website.
Filed under: maritime heritage, photography, storytelling | Tags: Mattapoisett, Shipyard Park, ShipyardPark.com, whaling
I started a new photoblog called Shipyard Park.
Back in the whaling days, there were six shipyards that built the whaling ships that sailed out of New Bedford and Nantucket. It was a busy, rough and tumble type of place back then. But no longer. I’ll be telling more of the story of Shipyard Park in the future, but for now suffice it to say that it’s a beautiful spot in every season and I’m trying to capture and share just a little bit of that.
I’ve been taking a photo every morning for the past month. It’s kind of like a local weather report. It’ll be interesting to see how things change over the seasons Let’s see how long I can keep this up. I’ll do some other things there too because Shipyard Park is a very cool place and you should be able to experience it too! I’d love to hear what you think about the park and project/website.
Filed under: maritime, maritime art, maritime heritage, seafood, storytelling | Tags: Dock-U-Mentaries, Phillip Mello, Working Waterfront Festival
New Bedford’s Working Waterfront Festival recently announced an interesting new program: Dock-U-Mentaries, a monthly film series presented in conjunction with New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. (download PDF flyer)
Films will be presented free of charge at 7pm on the third Friday of each month at the Corson Maritime Learning Center (33 William Street) in downtown New Bedford.
The first program takes place on Friday, January 21st featuring:
- Pearl of the Atlantic a 1960s era film produced by the New Bedford Seafood Council to promote scallops AND
- A narrated slide show of the contemporary Port of New Bedford and its workers, presented by photographer Phil Mello.
Working Waterfront Festival and National Park team up for Dock-U-Mentaries – New Bedford Standard Times – Jan. 10, 2011
Filed under: maritime, maritime heritage, Moby-Monday, storytelling | Tags: Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Moby-Monday
From the same people who brought us Titanic II (huh?), on November 30, coming straight to your DVD player, Herman Melville‘s classic has been updated: 2010 Moby Dick. I guess the original (and all previous versions) were not good enough; nothing a few helicopters and machine guns can’t fix thankfully.
Filed under: FotoFriday, life, maritime, photography, storytelling | Tags: FotoFriday, photography, Scuba diving
Imagine after a lovely scuba dive you return to the surface to find that the anchor line of your boat has parted and your ride home is no more. :(
What do you do? Take some pictures, of course. :)
You are miraculously rescued by a passing boat :D
which then capsizes on the way back to port :(
and your camera is lost. :(
Then four years later somebody walking the beach finds your camera! :D
Here are the pictures and interview.
Flag dip to ABC North Coast NSW - Lost at sea: survival snaps surface after four years Oct. 27, 2010
Filed under: Schooner Ernestina, storytelling | Tags: Captain Bob Bartlett, Effie M. Morrissey, Schooner Ernestina
Okay, this video quality is really terrible but it’s still worth watching.
Captain Bob Bartlett was an arctic explorer extraordinaire and the Schooner Ernestina (Effie M. Morrissey) was one of the great ships that made it all happen. You’ll catch some glimpses of her in this video.
Filed under: Education, maritime, maritime heritage, Schooner Ernestina, storytelling, tall ships | Tags: Concert Series for the Seamen's Bethel Restoration Project, Schooner Ernestina, Seamen's Bethel
Here’s a beautiful song that was written sung by the Rum-Soaked Crooks about the Schooner Ernestina. It was performed at the recent Concert for the Seamen’s Bethel Restoration Fund. (Please Help me Help the Seamen’s Bethel – Oct. 6, 2010) It was a fun evening with great songs for a worthy cause.
On Saturday, October 30th the New Bedford Whaling Museum will be hosting an event to help chart a future course for another worthy cause, the Schooner Ernestina. For more information, visit the Sail Ernestina website or Facebook page.