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SKETCHBOOKS: Spider Moleskine

pages 000 and 001.
September 10, 2015.


CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 80

Title: "Oh, the rare old Whale, mid storm and gale 
In his ocean home will be 
A giant in might, where might is right, 
And King of the boundless sea." 
WHALE SONG.

7.5 x 10.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
February 28, 2016
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 79

Title: "So be cheery, my lads, let your hearts never fail, 
While the bold harpooneer is striking the whale!" 
NANTUCKET SONG.

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
February 27, 2016
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CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 78

Title: "'Stern all!' exclaimed the mate, as upon turning his head, he saw the distended jaws of a large Sperm Whale close to the head of the boat, threatening it with instant destruction;—'Stern all, for your lives!'" WHARTON THE WHALE KILLER.

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
February 27, 2016
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 77

Title: "On one occasion I saw two of these monsters (whales) probably male and female, slowly swimming, one after the other, within less than a stone's throw of the shore" (Terra Del Fuego), "over which the beech tree extended its branches." DARWIN'S VOYAGE OF A NATURALIST.

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
February 26, 2016
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CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 76

Title: "The Whale is harpooned to be sure; but bethink you, how you would manage a powerful unbroken colt, with the mere appliance of a rope tied to the root of his tail." A CHAPTER ON WHALING IN RIBS AND TRUCKS.

11 x 7.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
February 24, 2016
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Monday, April 16, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 75

Title: "Suddenly a mighty mass emerged from the water, and shot up perpendicularly into the air. It was the whale." MIRIAM COFFIN OR THE WHALE FISHERMAN.

21 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
February 23, 2016
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CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 74

Title: "It is generally well known that out of the crews of Whaling vessels (American) few ever return in the ships on board of which they departed." CRUISE IN A WHALE BOAT.

15.75 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
February 22, 2016
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 73

Title: "It was not till the boats returned from the pursuit of these whales, that the whites saw their ship in bloody possession of the savages enrolled among the crew." NEWSPAPER ACCOUNT OF THE TAKING AND RETAKING OF THE WHALE-SHIP HOBOMOCK.

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
February 19, 2016
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CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 72

Title: "Pedestrians in the vicinity of London and elsewhere may recollect having seen large curved bones set upright in the earth, either to form arches over gateways, or entrances to alcoves, and they may perhaps have been told that these were the ribs of whales." TALES OF A WHALE VOYAGER TO THE ARCTIC OCEAN.

11.875 x 10.25 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
February 19, 2016
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 71

Title: "It is impossible to meet a whale-ship on the ocean without being struck by her near appearance. The vessel under short sail, with look-outs at the mast-heads, eagerly scanning the wide expanse around them, has a totally different air from those engaged in a regular voyage." CURRENTS AND WHALING. U.S. EX. EX.

15.75 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
February 16, 2016
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CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 70

Title: "These things are reciprocal; the ball rebounds, only to bound forward again; for now in laying open the haunts of the whale, the whalemen seem to have indirectly hit upon new clews to that same mystic North-West Passage." FROM "SOMETHING" UNPUBLISHED.

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
February 14, 2016
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Friday, April 13, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 69

Title: "The voyages of the Dutch and English to the Northern Ocean, in order, if possible, to discover a passage through it to India, though they failed of their main object, laid open the haunts of the whale." McCULLOCH'S COMMERCIAL DICTIONARY.

15.75 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
February 14, 2016
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CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 68

Title: "If you make the least damn bit of noise," replied Samuel, "I will send you to hell." LIFE OF SAMUEL COMSTOCK (THE MUTINEER), BY HIS BROTHER WILLIAM COMSTOCK. ANOTHER VERSION OF THE WHALE-SHIP GLOBE NARRATIVE.

15.75 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
February 6, 2016
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 67

Title: "The whale fell directly over him, and probably killed him in a moment." "THE WHALE AND HIS CAPTORS, OR THE WHALEMAN'S ADVENTURES AND THE WHALE'S BIOGRAPHY, GATHERED ON THE HOMEWARD CRUISE OF THE COMMODORE PREBLE." BY REV. HENRY T. CHEEVER.

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
January 31, 2016
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CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 66

Title: "Nantucket itself," said Mr. Webster, "is a very striking and peculiar portion of the National interest. There is a population of eight or nine thousand persons, living here in the sea, adding largely every year to the National wealth by the boldest and most persevering industry." REPORT OF DANIEL WEBSTER'S SPEECH IN THE U.S. SENATE, ON THE APPLICATION FOR THE ERECTION OF A BREAKWATER AT NANTUCKET. 1828.

11.75 x 9 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
January 31, 2016
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 65

Title: "Being once pursued by a whale which he had wounded, he parried the assault for some time with a lance; but the furious monster at length rushed on the boat; himself and comrades only being preserved by leaping into the water when they saw the onset was inevitable." MISSIONARY JOURNAL OF TYERMAN AND BENNETT.

15.75 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
January 29, 2016
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CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 64

Title: "The Whale-ship Globe, on board of which vessel occurred the horrid transactions we are about to relate, belonged to the island of Nantucket." NARRATIVE OF THE GLOBE MUTINY, BY LAY AND HUSSEY SURVIVORS. A.D. 1828.

7.5 x 10 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
January 28, 2016
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 63

Title: October 13. "There she blows," was sung out from the mast-head. 
"Where away?" demanded the captain. 
"Three points off the lee bow, sir." 
"Raise up your wheel. Steady!" 
"Steady, sir." 
"Mast-head ahoy! Do you see that whale now?" 
"Ay ay, sir! A shoal of Sperm Whales! There she blows! There she breaches!"
"Sing out! sing out every time!" 
"Ay ay, sir! There she blows! There—there—thar she blows—bowes—bo-o-o-s!" 
"How far off?" 
"Two miles and a half." 
"Thunder and lightning! so near! Call all hands!" 
J. ROSS BROWNE'S ETCHINGS OF A WHALING CRUIZE. 1846.

15.75 x 10.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
January 27, 2016
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CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 62

Title: "The Cachalot" (Sperm Whale) "is not only better armed than the True Whale" (Greenland or Right Whale) "in possessing a formidable weapon at either extremity of its body, but also more frequently displays a disposition to employ these weapons offensively, and in a manner at once so artful, bold, and mischievous, as to lead to its being regarded as the most dangerous to attack of all the known species of the whale tribe." FREDERICK DEBELL BENNETT'S WHALING VOYAGE ROUND THE GLOBE. 1840.

7.25 x 10.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
January 26, 2016
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Monday, April 9, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 61

Title: "Mad with the agonies he endures from these fresh attacks, the infuriated Sperm Whale rolls over and over; he rears his enormous head, and with wide expanded jaws snaps at everything around him; he rushes at the boats with his head; they are propelled before him with vast swiftness, and sometimes utterly destroyed.

* * * It is a matter of great astonishment that the consideration of the habits of so interesting, and, in a commercial point of view, of so important an animal (as the Sperm Whale) should have been so entirely neglected, or should have excited so little curiosity among the numerous, and many of them competent observers, that of late years must have possessed the most abundant and the most convenient opportunities of witnessing their habitudes." THOMAS BEALE'S HISTORY OF THE SPERM WHALE, 1839

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
January 25, 2016
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CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 60

Title: "The quantity of line withdrawn from the different boats engaged in the capture of this one whale, amounted altogether to 10,440 yards or nearly six English miles." * * * "Sometimes the whale shakes its tremendous tail in the air, which, cracking like a whip, resounds to the distance of three or four miles." SCORESBY.

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint and ink on found paper
January 24, 2016
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Sunday, April 8, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 59

Title: "A mariner sat in the shrouds one night, 
The wind was piping free; 
Now bright, now dimmed, was the moonlight pale, 
And the phospher gleamed in the wake of the whale, 
As it floundered in the sea." 
ELIZABETH OAKES SMITH.

11 x 8.25 inches
ink on found paper
January 24, 2016
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CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 58

Title: "My God! Mr. Chace, what is the matter?" I answered, "we have been stove by a whale." "NARRATIVE OF THE SHIPWRECK OF THE WHALE SHIP ESSEX OF NANTUCKET, WHICH WAS ATTACKED AND FINALLY DESTROYED BY A LARGE SPERM WHALE IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN." BY OWEN CHACE OF NANTUCKET, FIRST MATE OF SAID VESSEL. NEW YORK. 1821.

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
January 23, 2016
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Saturday, April 7, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 57

Title: "The papers were brought in, and we saw in the Berlin Gazette that whales had been introduced on the stage there." ECKERMANN'S CONVERSATIONS WITH GOETHE.

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
January 22, 2016
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CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 56

Title: "No, Sir, 'tis a Right Whale," answered Tom; "I saw his spout; he threw up a pair of as pretty rainbows as a Christian would wish to look at. He's a raal oil-butt, that fellow!" COOPER'S PILOT.

11.875 x 10.25 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
January 21, 2016
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Friday, April 6, 2018

CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 55

Title: "She came to bespeak a monument for her first love, who had been killed by a whale in the Pacific ocean, no less than forty years ago." IBID.

10.875 x 15.75 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
January 21, 2016
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CHASING THE WHALE: Extracts 54

Title: "I built a cottage for Susan and myself and made a gateway in the form of a Gothic Arch, by setting up a whale's jaw bones." HAWTHORNE'S TWICE TOLD TALES.

11 x 7.875 inches
acrylic paint on found paper
January 19, 2016
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