Re: Moby Dick Chapter 40 Midnight Forecastle, Harpooneers and Sailors
A book by Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey, The Tyranny of Distance
, is about how Australian history was shaped in the nineteenth century by the long clipper voyage to England, including the figure 8 great circle route around Antarctica.
Blainey discusses whaling as the first global industry, prefiguring modern globalisation.
This chapter of Moby Dick, setting out the many diverse nationalities aboard the Pequod, helps show the multicultural globalised nature of whaling.