(chapters 16–35), etching
This etching concerns the crew of The Pequod. In the centre of the background, we see Captain Ahab with his ivory leg standing in a characteristic pose, as impersonated by Gregory Peck in John Huston’s motion picture from 1956. To his left, we find a photograph of the forecastle, and across it, a picture of Pip, the ship’s boy from Tolland County, Alabama. At the top centre, the star with the dollar is a pictogram of the chief mate, Starbuck.
At the top left, the photograph of a shipowner in a whalebone wigwam refers to Ishmael and Queequeg enrolling on The Pequod. One of the shipowners did not catch Queequeg’s name, and obstinately mistook it for Quohog, a shell that is used as an ingredient in the aforementioned chowder. On the left side of the etching, we see ‘the mark of Quohog’. Queequeg’s ‘signature’ is represented differently in several editions of Moby Dick. The mark in this etching has been borrowed from the Penguin edition.
Melville went whaling on The Acushnet, represented here at the bottom right. To the right, transparent in the background, is the rigging scheme of the ship.
At the top right, in red, is a drawing of all hands on deck, a petition that Melville drew up on board of the whaler for the improvement of the living conditions.