Peleg Nye: The Jonah of Cape Cod - Author Talk with Nils Bockmann

May 11th at Cape Cod Maritime Museum

Have you ever heard the story of whaling captain Peleg Nye, who was thrown off the side of a boat and right into the mouth of a giant sperm whale? Miraculously, Nye lived to tell about it … 

Join author Nils Bockmann on Saturday, May 11 from 2:00-4:00 pm for a discussion about his book, Peleg Nye: The Jonah of Cape Cod,and the topic of whaling. 

In 1864, first mate Peleg Nye, veteran whale man and former whaling captain was climbing the chain of command aboard the George W. Lewisout of Provincetown.On this voyage, a captured sperm whale hit the bow of the whaleboat, sending Nye over the bow and into the leviathan’s closing mouth. Nye and the dying whale slipped beneath the surface, Nye's twitching legs protruding between its teeth. 

Thanks to his captain's makeshift medical skills, Nye survived. He returned home eight months later as an immediate celebrity, and thus was known as the "Jonah of Cape Cod." 

Nye's story is historical fact, authenticated by the captain's logbook held in the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Kendall Collection. The meticulous research of author Nils Bockmann reveals the complex world of nineteenth-century whalers and the savage industry they served.  

About Nils Bockmann

Mr. Bockmann grew up in South Yarmouth and has been a teacher, tutor, writer and editor. Nils’ short stories have been published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, The Write Stuff, The Main Sheet and Sea Change.Peleg Nye: The Jonah of Cape Codis his first historical biography. He lives in Mashpee with his wife, Christine.


About the Cape Cod Maritime Museum

In 2018, Cape Cod Maritime Museum and Cook Boat Shop celebrated its 20th anniversary of protecting, preserving and promoting the maritime history and tradition of wood boat building on Cape Cod. The museum offers permanent and rotating exhibits, interactive maritime-themed activities and a fine arts gallery. The Cook Boat Shop is a working exhibit space for traditional and contemporary wood boat building and includes restoration projects on historic Cape Cod water craft. The Historic Boat Barn holds the only collection of all wooden boats native to Cape Cod. The museum is also home to “Sarah,”a Crosby catboat replica, and a gift shop featuring unique and beautiful maritime themed gifts, books and apparel.


Peleg Nye: The Jonah of Cape Cod ~A talk with author Nils Bockmann

Sat., May 11, 2:00-4:00 pm

Community Room at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum

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