Herman Melville s Whaling Years

Herman Melville s Whaling Years

On December 30 , 1840 , the first three lines of the Whalemen's Shipping Paper , reserved for the signatures of the ... Charles Nordhoff , Whaling and Fishing ( 1855 ) , writes , “ There were numberless little beckets and cleats to be ...

Author: Wilson Lumpkin Heflin

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press

ISBN: 0826513824

Category: LITERARY CRITICISM

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Based on more than a half-century of research, Herman Melville's Whaling Years is an essential work for Melville scholars. In meticulous and thoroughly documented detail, it examines one of the most stimulating periods in the great author's life--the four years he spent aboard whaling vessels in the Pacific during the early 1840s. Melville would later draw repeatedly on these experiences in his writing, from his first successful novel, Typee, through his masterpiece Moby-Dick, to the poetry he wrote late in life. During his time in the Pacific, Melville served on three whaling ships, as well as on a U.S. Navy man-of-war. As a deserter from one whaleship, he spent four weeks among the cannibals of Nukahiva in the Marquesas, seeing those islands in a relatively untouched state before they were irrevocably changed by French annexation in 1842. Rebelling against duty on another ship, he was held as a prisoner in a native calaboose in Tahiti. He prowled South American ports while on liberty, hunted giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands, and explored the islands of Eimeo (Moorea) and Maui. He also saw the Society and Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands when the Western missionary presence was at its height. Heflin combed the logbooks of any ship at sea at the time of Melville's voyages and examined nineteenth-century newspaper items, especially the marine intelligence columns, for mention of Melville's vessels. He also studied British consular records pertaining to the mutiny aboard the Australian whaler Lucy Ann, an insurrection in which Melville participated and which inspired his second novel, Omoo. Distilling the life's work of a leading Melville expert into book form for the first time, this scrupulously edited volume is the most in-depth account ever published of Melville's years on whaleships and how those singular experiences influenced his writing.
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Bulletin

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Author: Salem Public Library

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Bulletin of the Salem Public Library

Bulletin of the Salem Public Library

Whymper , F. Fisheries of the world ; a record of the International fisheries exhibition , 1883 . 639 - W Whale Fishery . ... 919.8 - M4 Nordhoff , C. Whaling and fishing . 1855 . j F - 2414 ( In his New 917.44 - S4 Sayer , W. L. , ed .

Author: Salem Public Library

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ISBN: HARVARD:HNKKXT

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Report on the Condition of the Sea Fisheries of the South Coast of New England

Report on the Condition of the Sea Fisheries of the South Coast of New England

Bureau of Fisheries. sailing from American ports - Continued . Table showing returns of whaling - vessels Bark ... 225 ... 10 , 1852 May 31 , 1855 May 23 , 1855 Apr. 30 Apr. 14 May May 19 Apr. 29 May 16 Mar. 17 , 1834 Dec.

Author: United States. Bureau of Fisheries

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ISBN: HARVARD:32044072196116

Category: Fisheries

Page: 1106

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Categories: Fisheries

The Sounding of the Whale

The Sounding of the Whale

For the application of this work to fisheries, see the invaluable Scaling Fisheries: The Science of Measuring the Effects of Fishing, 1855–1955 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994) by Tim D. Smith. See also D. H. Cushing, ...

Author: D. Graham Burnett

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226100579

Category: History

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Explores how humans' view of whales changed from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, looking at how the sea mammals were once viewed as monsters but evolved into something much gentler and more beautiful.
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The new American cyclop dia ed by G Ripley and C A Dana

The new American cyclop  dia  ed  by G  Ripley and C A  Dana

In 1740 , the whales having abandoned the coast , the fishermen followed them in larger vessels and to the arctic and ... by Herman Melville ( New York , 1855 ) ; " The Whale Fishery " ( New York , 1855 ) ; and " Whaling and Fishing ...

Author: American cyclopaedia

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ISBN: OXFORD:600046743

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The American Cyclopaedia

The American Cyclopaedia

He has pubyears the whales abandoned the shores of lished a " Treatise on the Criminal Law of the Spitzbergen and were found on the Greenland United ... ( 1855 ) ; and " Whaling and Fishing , " by Charles Nordhoff ( Cincinnati , 1857 ) .

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The American Cyclopaedia

The American Cyclopaedia

He has pubyears the whales abandoned the shores of lished a “ Treatise on the Criminal Law of the Spitzbergen and were found ... “ The Whale Fishery " sioners for arranging the treaty of union with ( 1855 ) ; and “ Whaling and Fishing ...

Author: George Ripley

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ISBN: UOM:39015068381444

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The American Cyclop dia

The American Cyclop  dia

“ Moby Dick , or the White Whale , ” by Her- liam , and subsequently was one of the commisman Melville ( 1855 ) ; “ The Whale Fishery " sioners for arranging the treaty of union with ( 1855 ) ; and " Whaling and Fishing , ” by Charles ...

Author: George Ripley

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ISBN: PRNC:32101042847929

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Scientific Uncertainty and the Politics of Whaling

Scientific Uncertainty and the Politics of Whaling

Small, G. L. The Blue Whale. New York: Columbia University Press, 1971. Smith, T. D. Scaling Fisheries: The Science of Measuring the Effects of Fishing, 1855–1955. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Author: Michael Heazle

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 9780295802008

Category: Science

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In this intriguing study, Michael Heazle examines how International Whaling Commission (IWC) policy dramatically shifted from furthering the interests of whaling nations to eventually banning all commercial whaling. Focusing on the internal workings of a single organization, Heazle explores the impact of political and economic imperatives on the production and interpretation of scientific research and advice. Central to his work are the epistemological problems encountered in the production of �truth.� Science does not produce incontestable facts that can be expected to lead to consensus decisions; rather, the problematic nature of knowledge itself allows for various interpretations of data depending on the interests of those at the table. It is precisely the nature of scientific knowledge, Heazle argues, that has made uncertainty a tool in service of political objectives. When scientific advice to whaling nations could not with absolute certainty declare whaling practices a threat to stocks, those IWC members with substantial investments of political and economic capital used this uncertainty to reject a reduction in quotas. As perceptions of whaling changed - with the collapse of Antarctic whaling stocks, further diminishing economic returns, and public opinion turning against commercial whaling -- uncertainty switched sides. Nonwhaling members in the IWC, a majority by the late 1970s, claimed that because scientific data could not prove that commercial whaling was sustainable, hunting should stop. Uncertainty was used to protect the resource rather than the industry. That science cannot be an impartial determinant in policy-making decisions does not render it useless. But Heazle�s analysis does suggest that without understanding the role of scientific uncertainty - and the political purposes for which it is used - international cooperation on wildlife management and broader issues will continue to become bogged down in arguments over whose science is correct.
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