Arriving in New Bedford, Massachusetts in search of a job on a whaling ship, Ishmael seeks refuge in the Spouter Inn. With no rooms vacant, he is forced to share lodgings with a harpooner called Queegeg, a fearsome man with a tattooed face.
Ishmael and the harpooner Queequeg have been given passage on the Pequod, a sperm whaler out of New Bedford. But there is still no sign of the intriguing Captain Ahab.
Richard Griffiths continues an eight-part adaptation of Herman Melville's classic novel. 3: The crew of the Pequod, especially the harpooners Queequeg, Daggoo and Tashtego, prove to be an exotic and intriguing mix. At last they are assembled by Captain Ahab, who tells of the great white whale Moby Dick.
Richard Griffiths continues an eight-part adaptation of Herman Melville's classic novel. 4: Captain Ahab promises a reward for the first man to catch sight of Moby Dick. And Ishmael experiences the terror of his first whale kill.
Richard Griffiths continues reading an eight-part adaptation of Herman Melville's classic novel. 5: For the crew of the Pequod, the first glimpse of Moby Dick was enticingly fleeting, and they were forced to settle for another whale. Now, on the horizon, another sight awaits them.
When the Captain of the Jeroboam tells Ahab about his recent fateful encounter with the white whale, his warnings are dismissed - even when death is foretold. Driving on through the straights of Malacca, Ahab encounters another sailor.
The conclusion of an eight-part adaptation of Herman Melville's classic novel. Despite the loss of the harpoon, Ahab is not to be deterred from his showdown with the white whale.