The Loss of the Ship Essex Sunk by a Whale by et al., Thomas Nickerson, Owen Chase (Paperback, 2000)

The Loss of the Ship  Essex  Sunk by a Whale by et al., Thomas Nickerson, Owen Chase (Paperback, 2000) The gripping first-hand story of the disaster that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick and is the basis for a major new feature film In the Heart of the SeaIn 1820 the Nantucket whaleship Essex was sailing in the South Pacific when it was rammed by an angry sperm whale The ship sank leaving twenty crew members floating in three small boats for ninety days By taking drastic measures eight men survived to reveal their astonishing tale This authoritative edition brings together the harrowing tales of the survivors including Owen Chase's 'Narrative of the Wreck of Whaleship Essex' and an account by Thomas Nickerson the 15-year old cabin boy who was steering the ship when the whale attackedThomas Nickerson and Owen Chase were two of the eight surviving crew members of the Ship EssexThomas Philbrick is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Pittsburg and has edited critical editions of the works of Joshua Slocum and Henry Dana Jr Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of In the Heart of the Sea and director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies He is also a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association
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