Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex

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Lyons Press, 1999 - Transportation - 141 pages
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The original account of the whaleship attacked by a whale off the Pacific coast of South America which inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick.

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Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex

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On November 20, 1820, the Nantucket whaler Essex had its sides stove in by an angry sperm whale, sending the ship to the bottom. Three months later, a handful of the surviving crew made it home after ... Read full review

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I have read this and Moby Dick which it inspired. This has an immediacy personal touch which comes from personal experience. Herman Melville was probably the more stylistic writer. Now I have "The Whale" to look forward to on T.V. A truly gripping tale. I hope they do it justice.



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