i was visiting my bro a few weekends ago. we spent the day in a town called Cold Spring, which is up along the Hudson river. great town chock full of antique stores! as we were sitting out on the docks we watched this old replica ship, the Halfmoon pass by. it suddenly struck me as odd that the town of Hudson, NY which is even further north -and so far from the ocean-used to be a booming whaling village. i finally googled it and put my mind at ease – i also discovered that Herman Melville was from the area. I’m reading this book now about The Essex which sailed out of Nantucket. It is great! a real page-turner – I can’t put it down! whaling was totally nuts and unbelievable!