A 173-year-old whaling ship returns to the sea for the first time in almost a century and sends a whaleboat out to meet some humpbacks. Somehow those whales can tell there's no harpoon aboard.

Video by Mystic Seaport

This might sound odd, but I once spent an evening in the belly of that ship, reading passages of Moby-Dick aloud (Chapter 113: The Forge). I have also climbed its rigging.

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