the world and writings of Herman Melville
And that's Melville scholar Mary K. Bercaw assisting, yes?
Yes! Melville scholar and real sailor. There's more on the voyage athttp://www.mysticseaport.org/38thvoyage/
The transition must be a keen one, from a scholar to a sailor, and require a strong decoction of a 1620 Seneca to be able to grin and bear it.