"It's unusual that the museum opted to put its most valuable artifact in harm's way. More meaningful, though, is the example this set for other institutions dedicated to curating public history."
"How many hundreds of other young men, for example, served on whalers, without writing a word about it, or perhaps even being able to do so? There is nothing probable, really, about Melville turning his whaling years into literature..."
"Her mission now is her own preservation, to get out and sail now and again to show people why these were such good vessels...She should be sailed at least twice every generation.”
"Though the Clerk of the Weather insist, /
And lay down the weather-law, /
Pintado and gannet they wist /
That the winds blow whither they list /
In tempest or flaw."
"I took from time with the Morgan an energized and reconceived sense of how to stage participatory projects, both within the academy and under the aegis of other cultural institutions."
"Melville could laud the inhuman sea because he had experienced the participatory culture of sailor communities aboard ships like the Charles W. Morgan."
"The radiant faces of my friends as this iconic vessel tied up at the wharf in New Bedford evoked pure joy, a deep and transcendent emotion, possibly akin to the realization of one’s best beloved returning home after a long and uncertain absence or a physical reaction to the unexpected fulfillment of a long-suspected desire."
"Asked, when he was 79, if he had had enough of the whaling life after his 13 months at sea, my great-uncle said that he had. But he quickly qualified that in the next breath. “Oh, I don’t say I’d never go again. I’d go now, if they’d let me..."