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Pequod was destroyed in a Sentinel attack as Flint wanted to go to the surface and collect artifacts of human history before the Machine War. The only surviving member is its captain Flint, who did not manage to load the EMP.
The name of the Pequod is a reference to the name of Ahab's ship in the novel "Moby Dick". "Hunters and Collectors" borrows from the novel and even features a copy in the ruins of a surface city. The relationship to a ship called the Mariner is a further reference to the novel.
The nameplate on the ship's core read:
- MARK III № 9
- MADE IN THE USA
- YEAR 2026
This is an allusion to Mark 3:9, which reads:
- "And he spake unto his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him."
The biblical passage indicates a proposed exit Jesus could make to "rescue" him from the crowd; appropriate to the plot of There Are No Flowers in the Real World, in which the Pequod was sent to rescue Rocket who was at risk from Agents, able to possess any of the bluepills in the Matrix at any time.