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Mocha Dick: Or The White Whale of the Pacific

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    J. N. Reynolds(Author),J. Godsey(Series Editor)

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Jeremiah N. Reynolds (1799–1858), an American newspaper editor, lecturer, explorer and author who became an influential advocate for scientific expeditions. Reynolds gathered first-hand observations of Mocha Dick, an albino sperm whale off Chile who bedeviled a generation of whalers for thirty years before succumbing to one. Mocha Dick survived many skirmishes (by some accounts at least 100) with whalers before he was eventually killed. In May 1839, The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine published Reynolds’ “Mocha Dick: Or the White Whale of the Pacific,” the inspiration for Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby-Dick. In Reynolds' account, Mocha Dick was killed in 1838, after he appeared to come to the aid of a distraught cow whose calf had just been slain by the whalers. His body was 70 feet long and yielded 100 barrels of oil, along with some ambergris. He also had several harpoons in his body.

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  • By M. Muir on April 24, 2016

    This short but engaging story details the existence of a massive white whale, the one said to have inspired MOBY DICK by Herman Melville.Having just finished reading Melville’s famous story, it was refreshing to read, in a totally different voice, of 19th century encounters with a true-life leviathan and life aboard a whaling ship at that time.Written in the style of Victorian writers of the day, MOCHA DICK is quick and easy to read.Recommended.

  • By oldcat on December 13, 2015

    Interesting read.

  • By N on January 22, 2014

    Great old whaling text. The book is quite short but tells the story of a New England whaler in its pursuit against a mighty sperm whale.

  • By NaturalHorseman on January 3, 2015

    Way more interesting than being punished in HS with Moby Dick. This was more like a National Geographic story except the pictures had to be created purely by words. A short, interesting read!


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