Whaling Logbooks or “The art of whaling”

Today, I would like to shed light on the “Public domain review” (PDR) Journal. It is a non-profit public Journal that also keeps a blog about a vriety of topics. On their homepage, they introduce themselves with the following words: “Founded in 2011, The Public Domain Review is an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas.”1

The reason how I came across the journal is an obvious one! Some years ago, it was during the pandemic times, when people were actually used to conduct social distance, I was drawing and fighting with analyzing whaling logbooks. As you might remember in this former blog post almost exactly one year ago, I was digging into several logbooks and eventually found a very helpful way how to analyze and to extract the rich details of a logbook with an excell sheet.2

During my research, I have found another wonderful blog article of Jessica Boyall3 and I immediately bookmarked it in my online bookmarked treasures, which contain numerous articles and pages that are somehow more or less related to whaling history. I hope you will enjoy reading the article as much as I did. You can find the article here.3

  1. About, in: The Public Domain Review, https://publicdomainreview.org/about, [Last Access: 27.02.2023]. []
  2. Hussein, Haureh (2022): Logbook analysis: “William Hamilton” (1834-1837), in: transoceanic Voyages, https://transoceanic.hypotheses.org/445, [Last Access: 27.02.2023]. []
  3. Boyall, Jessica (2021): The Art of whaling, Illustrations from the logbooks of Nantucket whaling, in: PDR, https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/the-art-of-whaling, [Last Access: 27.02.2023]. [] []

January month is Moby-Dick Marathon month – This year with Taylor Schilling!

If you read this blog regularly, you might remember the title of this entry. Last year, in January 2022, I spoke for the first time about the Moby Dick Marathon, which takes place every year in New Bedford.1

The annual “Moby Dick Marathon” is a reading of Herman Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick” that takes place at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The event typically lasts for about 26 hours, with members of the community taking turns reading aloud from the novel. The marathon is a way of celebrating the city’s rich literary and maritime heritage.

Participants in the marathon can sign up to read for a specific time slot, and the event is open to the public, so anyone can come and listen to the reading. The marathon has become a popular event in the New Bedford community, attracting a diverse group of participants and listeners. This year, the New Bedford Whaling Museum was able to invite Taylor Schilling to inaugurate the Reading Marathon of 2023. She is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress. You can find more information on the Museum’s website and the full Reading Marathon of 2023 YouTube clip here, at least a part of it.

  1. Hussein, Haureh (2022): January Month is Moby Dick Marathon Month, in: Transoceanic Voyages, https://transoceanic.hypotheses.org/242, [Last Access: 17.1.2023]. []
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