HENRY T. CHEEVER (1814–1897) was born and educated in Maine. In the early 1840s he voyaged as a passenger on the whaling ship Commodore Preble. Cheever published The Whale and His Captors a year or two before Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick appeared in 1851. ROBERT D. MADISON is professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy and an editor of Northwestern-Newberry editions of the writings of Herman Melville.