Reenacting Ahab's Voyage
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 102 , Segment 4
Episode: Housing Segregation, Moby Dick, Between War and Peace
- Jul 14, 2015 9:00 pm
- 14:45 mins
Guest: Dr. Mary Bercaw Edwards, University of Connecticut English Many of you are familiar with Captain Ahab, who searched for “the white whale” in “Moby Dick”. His ship – the Pequod – is a central character in the book, and a career-long obsession for University of Connecticut English professor Mary Bercaw Edwards. She’s an experienced sailor – even circumnavigated the world with her family at the age of 16. Last year, Bercaw Edwards set sail on the closest thing possible to Melville’s fantastical Pequod: She joined the crew of the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaling ship in the world and the final vestige of a once vast fleet of ships on which Herman Melville himself spent time as a seaman.