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Three exhibitions at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

Three exhibitions inspired by Sag Harbor’s maritime history will be on view at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum from Saturday through Sept. 10. A reception Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. will feature Scott Schwartz, Bay Street Theater’s artistic director, reading the preface Jacques Cousteau wrote for a collector’s edition of “Moby-Dick” that was published in 1975 by Steve Abramson, a Water Mill resident.

The folio-size edition of Herman Melville’s novel will be on view at the museum along with 13 framed illustrations created for the volume by the artist LeRoy Neiman. The last remaining 10 copies of the edition will be available for purchase through the museum during the exhibition.

Also on view, the artist Donald Sultan and the museum’s collections manager and curator, Richard Doctorow, have teamed up to present “Super Models,” an exhibition of 15 ship and boat models from the collection and artworks by contemporary East End artists that were inspired by them. The show includes models of whaling vessels, steamboats, merchant ships, warships, and others, ranging from eight inches to more than five feet in length. Many were built in the 19th century by sailors during their spare time at sea.

The artists represented in “Super Models” include Michael A. Butler, Vito DeVito and Dan Welden, Terry Elkins, Jim Gingerich, and Paton Miller, all of whom examine what the vessels might have meant to the local population when the village was home to the largest whaling fleet in New York State. Proceeds from the sale of any artworks will benefit the museum.

The third exhibition, “Through the Spyglass: Turn of the Century Whaling,” features a suite of 10 etchings by Mr. DeVito that portray the varied lives led by whalers while at sea. The etchings were printed by Mr. Welden and are available for purchase individually or as a complete set.