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Melville’s Voyages

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Map of Melville’s voyages and the voyage of the Pequod taken from the Norton Critical Edition of Moby-Dick, ed. by Hershel Parker and Harrison Hayford
via Moby-Dick Big Read, Day 44 | patell dot org.

Matthew Fontaine Maury’s Whale Chart

Whale Chart Maury

“This chart divides the ocean into districts of five degrees of latitude by five degrees of longitude; perpendicularly through each of which districts are three lines; one to show the number of days that have been spent in each month in every district, and the two others to show the number of days on which whales, sperm or right, have been seen.”

Herman Melville

while he himself was marking out lines and courses on the wrinkled charts, some invisible pencil was also tracing lines and courses upon the deeply marked chart of his forehead

Had you followed Captain Ahab down into his cabin after the squall that took place on the night succeeding that wild ratification of his purpose with his crew, you would have seen him go to a locker in the transom, and bringing out a large wrinkled roll of yellowish sea charts, spread them before him on his screwed-down table. Then seating himself before it, you would have seen him intently study the various lines and shadings which there met his eye; and with slow but steady pencil trace additional courses over spaces that before were blank. At intervals, he would refer to piles of old log-books beside him, wherein were set down the seasons and places in which, on various former voyages of various ships, Sperm Whales had been captured or seen.

While thus employed, the heavy pewter lamp suspended in chains over his head, continually rocked with the motion of the ship, and for ever threw shifting gleams and shadows of lines upon his wrinkled brow, till it almost seemed that while he himself was marking out lines and courses on the wrinkled charts, some invisible pencil was also tracing lines and courses upon the deeply marked chart of his forehead.

via Moby-Dick Big Read, Day 44 | patell dot org.



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