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tourist attraction 'Moby Dick'
Ships and Harbours
No: 23005   Contributor: David T. Jackson   Year: 1970   Manufacturer: Other   Country: United Kingdom
tourist attraction 'Moby Dick'

Old schooner "Moby Dick" (154 tons gross, built by Nicholson & Marsh, Glasson Dock, near Lancaster), owned by P. Latham, moored as a tourist attraction at Morecambe in January 1970. She was built in 1887 as the Lancaster-registered 3-masted schooner "Ryelands" & operated as a normal coastal cargo ship until 1949 when she was bought by Elstree Studios & used in the 1950 film "Treasure Island" under the name "Hispaniola". Between 1952 & 1954 she was owned by Scarborough Corporation & used as a tourist attraction (installed with an aquarium) as the "Hispanioquarium". She was then again used for filming, as the "Pequod" in the 1956 version of "Moby Dick" (hence her last name) and later in the 1956-57 joint BBC & PBS (of America) TV series "The Buccaneers". She was bought by Latham in 1960 & destroyed by fire in June 1970, just 5 months after this photo was taken.
Picture added on 14 October 2013 at 08:12
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My late husband, Eric Rose worked as a boatbuilder for Peter Latham and did a lot of work on this ship. Captain Jack Mount would show visitors round the ship and tell of its history.

Added by Lynn Smith on 05 November 2015.
I remember going on board, and hearing the creaking of the timbers, and the smell of the boat, I also stood in Gregory Peck's foot print (Captain Ahab only had one leg)

Added by Geoff Moore on 29 August 2016.
I visited the Pequod in Morecambe as a child & seem to remember a model railway below deck.

Added by Paul Pennington on 21 May 2017.
On holiday in Scarboro each year, I remember the Hispaniola very well in the harbour. Last saw her on a very wet day in Morcombe many years later. I STILL SEE THE OTHER HIAPANIOLA IN SOUTH BAY SCARRO.

Added by CRAIG ALLISON on 22 September 2017.
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