The shiMariner 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.