Beneath the Heart of the Sea: The Sinking of the Whaleship Essex by Owen ChaseDiscover the amazing true story behind the inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and the feature film Heart of the Sea
A tragic yet riveting narration of life and death and man against the elements, this is an extreme account of shipwreck survival. On the morning of November 20, 1820, in the Pacific Ocean 2,000 miles from the coast of South America, an enraged sperm whale rammed the Nantucket whaleship Essex. As the boat began to sink, her crew of 20, including first mate Owen Chase, grabbed what little they could before piling into frail boats and taking to the open seas. So began their four-month ordeal and struggle for survival. This is a bleak story, only eight men survived having endured starvation and dehydration, giving in to cannibalism, murder, and insanity. Owen Chase recorded the extraordinary account in his autobiography, originally published in 1821.
In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex
This deadly true story of the 85' long, 80 ton whale attack on the Essex was not exactly what I expected, but oh so much more. It begins with background of Captain and crew, the unimaginable time spent away from home and how their wives coped in their absence often resorting to use of l. It begins with background of Captain and crew, the unimaginable time spent away from home and how their wives coped in their absence often resorting to use of laudanum, opium and a plaster penis. Anyway, a tragedy, that could have been avoided, takes survival to its ultimate limits It is a tragedy that happens to be one of the greatest true stories ever told. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
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The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
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