What Is the Name of the Whaling Ship in "Moby Dick"?

What Is the Name of the Whaling Ship in "Moby Dick"?

The whaling ship in "Moby Dick" was named the Pequod. The Pequod is a worn, 19th-century Nantucket whaling ship. Most Nantucket whaling ships at the time were three-masted like the Pequod. However, all three masts on the Pequod were replacements, as the originals were lost in a typhoon in Japan.

The Pequod ship was based off of the Essex, a real whaling ship that sank in 1820. The author of "Moby Dick," Herman Melville, was 1 year old when the Essex sank. He heard the story of the Essex when he was older. The ship was torn to pieces by a whale, like the Peqoud was in "Moby Dick."