It’s too late at night to do any business in Nantucket, so they go to an inn recommended by Peter Coffin, the Try Pots, run by Hosea Hussey, Peter’s cousin.
The Try Pots is supposed to be famous for its chowders.
It takes a little while to find the Try Pots, but eventually they manage.
Ishmael thinks that the "sign" of the inn, which is two huge black pots hanging from an old mast, looks like a gallows.
He wonders if all these symbols of death (a landlord named Peter Coffin, tombstones in the chapel, and something that looks like a gallows) might be a bad sign. You think?
Hosea Hussey isn’t there, but Ishmael and Queequeg meet Mrs. Hussey, who asks them nothing but "clam or cod." This confuses Ishmael, but it turns out to be a question about what kind of chowder they want.
They try both kinds, and both are excellent. (In fact, when you read the description, it’s hard not to want clam chowder for dinner. Actually, we’re kind of salivating, here.)
Our heroes discover that the Try Pots serves chowder every meal; the floor is paved with clamshells instead of tiles, and even the milk tastes like fish (because the cow eats fish heads).
Ishmael and Queequeg head to bed.
Mrs. Hussey insists that Queequeg leave his harpoon downstairs; a guest at the Try Pots was once killed in bed with his own harpoon.
Ishmael orders both kinds of chowder for breakfast. (Gross.) (Or delicious – no need to be close-minded.)