You really should try to make the Moby-Dick Marathon which begins shortly at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. It’s a great and unique experience in one of America’s most historic downtown districts. The event starts at noon and runs all through the night until about midday tomorrow. The majority of the reading takes place in the museum but this afternoon the crowd ambles across the street to the historic Seamen’s Bethel which is always a highlight. Get there early because the pews are as full as an Easter Sunday service!
In case you can’t make it, the museum has set up a live stream so you can experience it from the comfort of your own berth. Enjoy!
Seventy five years since his last visit, Samuel Nevins tours the Charles W. Morgan being restored in Mystic Seaport.
My favorite line: “Without a comfortable wife, you don’t have a life.”
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.
Here’s a great stop animation drawing and effective visual storytelling of a piece American classic literature, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Here’s an amazing image by Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter projected onto an iceberg.
Closer to home, this plaque is affixed to the side of a house across the street from where we live.
Francis Davis Millet was an extraordinary man. Here’s his entry on Encyclopedia Titanica.
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.
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