Roving Soul

historical-nonfiction:

Not only was Moby Dick inspired by an actual giant white sperm whale, but the real one was infinitely more awesome. He was named Mocha Dick,  because he lived near the island of Mocha. He was victorious against a hundred whaling ships, sinking more than a few. He also took on three whaling ships at once and won.

Captain Ahab was also inspired by a man living around the same time as Mocha Dick. Captain Pollard’s ship was wrecked by a whale, forcing him and his crew to resort to cannibalism to survive. He didn’t go on a giant revenge quest, but he did go back out to sea as the captain of a new ship — that also was sunk, but this time by a storm. He spent his remaining years as a night watchman.
Sep 9

historical-nonfiction:

Not only was Moby Dick inspired by an actual giant white sperm whale, but the real one was infinitely more awesome. He was named Mocha Dick,  because he lived near the island of Mocha. He was victorious against a hundred whaling ships, sinking more than a few. He also took on three whaling ships at once and won.

Captain Ahab was also inspired by a man living around the same time as Mocha Dick. Captain Pollard’s ship was wrecked by a whale, forcing him and his crew to resort to cannibalism to survive. He didn’t go on a giant revenge quest, but he did go back out to sea as the captain of a new ship — that also was sunk, but this time by a storm. He spent his remaining years as a night watchman.

Sep 9

four-giants:

A Comoy’s Scrimshaw arrived in my post today. I’ve never seen another like it.

thingsihappentolike:

Scrimshaw Miniatura de Barco ballenero grabada sobre hueso de ballena (HMS Redoubtable) from to311235
Sep 9

thingsihappentolike:

Scrimshaw Miniatura de Barco ballenero grabada sobre hueso de ballena (HMS Redoubtable) from to311235

Sep 9

innerbohemienne:

Nautilus shell scrimshaw, c.1845, dedicated to Queen Victoria; carved with a common penknife, 5½” high, 6¼” deep, 3¼” wide.

Omg, how long did this labor of love take?

(Source: finch-and-co.co.uk)

Sep 9

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Sep 9

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tattrx:

Valentin Hirsch Tattoo - Split Wolf tattrx.com/artists/valentin-hirsch
Sep 9

tattrx:

Valentin Hirsch Tattoo - Split Wolf
tattrx.com/artists/valentin-hirsch

Sep 9

dictator-class-captain:

Because I have again, become tempted to make another blog. Have some pictures.

(via ladyinredcoat)

Sep 9

artofswords:

German Sword of Justice Oakeshott Type XIIIa Sword

Editor’s Note: Below translated by Google from Italian.

18th Century

Straight blade with two wires of lenticular section, nearly flat to weak, equipped with a rounded toe, shelled the fort, engraved with a scroll bearing inscriptions: on one side the words “Ich Dich Thue Richten Schnelle” surmounted by a wheel and above a deep punch marked at the base, on the other side “Dich Gott Gewähr For Der Halle”, below a scaffold. Hilt bronze hilt with straight arms cone-shaped pommel spheroid in bronze, buttoned; handle with winding copper braids and heads with brown, always in copper.

Length 111.5 cm

3000.00 € | € 3,500.00

For more information on Oakeshott Type XIIIa Swords see this extract from Ewart Oakeshott’s Records of the Medieval Sword: sword-site.com/thread/152/oakeshott-xiiib-records-medieval-sword

Read more: http://sword-site.com/thread/974/german-sword-justice-oakeshott-xiiia#ixzz3CmktqKD3

Sword-Site.Com - The World’s Largest Online Sword Museum

http://www.sword-site.com

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princemolly:

there is no way i’m not going to get this uniform 
Sep 9

princemolly:

there is no way i’m not going to get this uniform 

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