Thursday, 16 August 2012
The Right Whale
A fictional pub in Lowry's short story 'Enter One In Sumptuous Armour"; “Drawing near the Birkenhead dockside the pubs came thick and fast, with sea-sounding names here: ...... the Right Whale....” in ‘Enter One In Sumptuous Armour’ (Psalms Pg. 233).
Originally called Black Pan in the first draft of the story. However, Lowry changed the name due to the Herman Melville connection. Due to their familiarity to whalers over a number of centuries, the right whales have had many names. These names were used throughout the world, reflecting the fact that only one species was recognized at the time. In his novel Moby-Dick, Herman Melville writes:
Among the fishermen, the whale regularly hunted for oil is indiscriminately designated by all the following titles: The Whale; the Greenland whale; the black whale; the great whale; the true whale; the right whale