The Loss of the Ship Essex, Sunk by a Whale
In 1820, the Nantucket whaleship Essex was sailing in the South Pacific when it was rammed by an angry sperm whale. The Essex sank leaving 20 crew members floating in three small boats for 90 days. Owen Chase's 'Narrative of the Wreck of Whaleship Essex' has long been the primary account of the ship's doomed voyage. But in 1980, a new account was discovered, by Thomas Nickerson, the 15-year old cabin boy who was steering the ship when the whale attacked. This authoritative edition brings together the harrowing tales of the survivors and all other contemporary accounts.
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