Talk:Pequod (Moby-Dick)

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In the article on the Pequod, it is stated that the whaling trip takes place in the Indian and south Pacific oceans. In fact it takes place in the Indian and North Pacific Oceans

Pequod - Name[edit]

Is there any evidence verifying that Melville named the ship after the Pecquots? There is no citation for this position and there should be a cite. Is there any alternative interpretation? Well, when I looked up "pequod" at dictionary.com (before coming to Wikipedia), one of the first alternatives suggested was "pekod," which is defined as:

probably a place in Babylonia (Jer. 50:21; Ezek. 23:23). It is the opinion, however, of some that this word signifies "visitation," "punishment," and allegorically "designates Babylon as the city which was to be destroyed." (from Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary)

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Pekod

There are many biblical references in Moby Dick and this one seems to make some sense. I'm not advocating that this interpretation be included - as of now it's "original research" - I just haven't found any official explanation for the name, outside of Wikipedia. Ileanadu (talk) 20:08, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

Tiller / wheel discrepancy[edit]

There is no discrepancy. Ships with wheels also had tillers as can be easily seen at Wheel and rudder assembly.gif

and many other web pages and anyone knowledgeable about boats and ships can confirm. The wheel moved the tiller through blocks and tackles and the tiller moved the rudder. The wheel was added as mechanical advantage when rudders and tillers became too big to be handled directly but the tiller did not disappear by the addition of the wheel. For this reason I am removing this section. GS3 (talk) 16:42, 24 August 2014 (UTC)