The Loss of the Ship Essex, Sunk by a Whale
Penguin Books, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 231 pages
The gripping first-hand narrative of the whaling ship disaster that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick and informed Nathaniel Philbrick's monumental history, In the Heart of the Sea
In 1820, the Nantucket whaleship Essex was rammed by an angry sperm whale thousands of miles from home in the South Pacific. The Essex sank, leaving twenty crew members drifting in three small open boats for ninety days. Through drastic measures, eight men survived to reveal this astonishing tale. The Narrative of the Wreck of the Whaleship Essex, by Owen Chase, has long been the essential account of the Essex's doomed voyage. But in 1980, a new account of the disaster was discovered, penned late in life by Thomas Nickerson, who had been the fifteen-year-old cabin boy of the ship. This discovery has vastly expanded and clarified the history of an event as grandiose in its time as the Titanic.
This edition presents Nickerson's never-before-published chronicle alongside Chase's version. Also included are the most important other contemporary accounts of the incident, Melville's notes in his copy of the Chase narrative, and journal entries by Emerson and Thoreau.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AlCracka - LibraryThing
The Essex is one of the stories that inspired Moby-Dick, the other being the legend of Mocha Dick, an albino sperm whale who was a dick. This edition collects every first- or firstish-hand account of ... Read full review
Review: The Loss of the Ship Essex, Sunk by a WhaleUser Review - Rex Libris - Goodreads
The Essex is a somewhat famous tale in the annals of American whaling. The ship was sunk by a whale (how ironic!) and the crew survived in open boats for three months, often relying on canabalism to ... Read full review