Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Rich King, Mallory Hoffbeck, and Mia Hines share their adventure into the past - guided by Captain Joy's last whaling log


Richard J. King is the author of five books of nonfiction about our relationship with the global ocean, including most recently Sailing Alone: A History. He has also written Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick, lauded in Science, Nature, and American Scholar. He also wrote Lobster, which was acclaimed by the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and The Devil’s Cormorant: A Natural History, which was short-listed for the ASLE Creative Book Award and rated as one of the top five science books of 2013 by Library Journal. Rich is also the author of a variety of popular and scholarly articles, reviews, and interviews in a range of magazines and academic journals. He has illustrated two children’s books, What is a Sea Dog? and Women and the Sea and also Ruth! He writes and illustrates a quarterly column titled “Animals in Sea History” for Sea History magazine, was the Series Editor for “Seafaring America,” and he co-edits the online reference “Searchable Sea Literature.”

Rich earned his PhD in writing and sea literature from the University of St. Andrews. He has been sailing on tall ships for over twenty-five years, traveling throughout the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as both a teacher and a sailor. He is a visiting associate professor with the Sea Education Association (Woods Hole, MA), a lecturer at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA, and a research associate with the Literature Department at the University of California Santa Cruz.

In 2007, he sailed alone across the Atlantic in a 28′ sloop from Portland, Maine, to Lisbon, Portugal (he was aiming for Scotland). He lives in Santa Cruz, CA, with his spouse and child.

Mallory Hoffbeck is a recent graduate of the Middlebury Institute in Monterey with a master’s in environmental policy, specializing in marine resource management. At Middlebury she worked as a researcher and writer with the Center for the Blue Economy, and as a researcher and administrative assistant with the Study of Environmental Arctic Change. She’s from Oregon and got her bachelor’s in politics and government at Pacific University.

Mia Hines is a rising senior at Grinnell College pursuing a Computer Science major and Statistics minor. She has obtained rigorous IT internships, attended competitive summer fellowships and programs, and developed award-winning projects. However, what Mia is truly passionate about is technology research. Over the past few years, she served as a summer research assistant at Brown University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This Fall, she is working on an environmental justice project with the MIT Media Lab. After graduating in Spring 2024, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related field.

Image above is the map of the voyage of the Roman, December 1835 to April 1839, showing interactions with sperm whales. Map by Mia Hines, used courtesy of Earth Island Journal.