An historic claim to fame for New Bedford was relived over the weekend through the Moby Dick Marathon.

The epic novel by Herman Melville endured it's 19th annual readthrough at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, with readers like City Councilor Joseph Lopes trudging through nearly 25 hours of text.

The American classic has close ties to New Bedford, where the fictional character Ishmael begins his journey as he learns the trade of whaling aboard the Pequod.

The 19th Annual Moby Dick Marathon was broadcast live online to audiences worldwide.

The reading began at noon on Saturday, wrapping up close to 1pm on Sunday.