Chapter 1 - The Town-Ho's Story
• The narrator proposes to tell a story from his seagoing experience to a chorus of Peruvians listeners.
• The Town-Ho, a sperm whaler out of Nantucket, springs a leak in the Pacific.
• The captain is at first unworried about the leak because he has good pumps and a strong crew.
• Radney, the mate, dislikes Steelkilt, who is strong and handsome.
• Radney orders Steelkilt to sweep the decks just as Steelkilt is coming off a long, hard shift at the pumps.
• Steelkilt refuses the order.
• Steelkilt points out that three boys are aboard who haven't worked all day.
• Enraged, Radney demands that Steelkilt obey orders and threatens him with a hammer.
• Steelkilt hits Radney on the jaw.
• Steelkilt's associates back him up as he demands that he not be punished.
• The captain orders Steelkilt and the others into the hold.
• After days in the hold...
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