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Moby-Dick Marathon

July 31 - August 1

“Call me Ishmael…” and join us aboard the Charles W. Morgan for the 33rd annual Moby-Dick Marathon at Mystic Seaport – the longest running marathon read in the country! Once again we will lift our voices and our tomes to host a marathon, 24-hour reading of Moby-Dick aloud onboard the Charles W. Morgan. This two-day event celebrates the 199th birthday of Herman Melville, the author of this classic, American novel.

Our marathon read at Mystic Seaport is a communal event that relies upon visitor participation to keep the words flowing and the pages turning through all 24 hours. Participants are invited to read a chapter or two (or more!) but it is not required. We also welcome visitors to sit back and listen to the beauty of the classic text. Over the course of the marathon, other surprises await including an actor portraying Herman Melville and performances by the Tale-Makers theatre troupe.

Advance registration is required to stay overnight due to limited capacity on the Charles W. Morgan.

Participation in the Moby-Dick Marathon is free with Museum admission or membership.

Please call 860.572.5331 to register.