In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex / Nathaniel Philbrick.
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- ISBN: 9781429513661
- ISBN: 1429513667
- ISBN: 9781429521017
- ISBN: 1429521015
- ISBN: 9781101221570
- ISBN: 1101221577
- Physical Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, maps
- Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2001.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages -289) and index.
In 1819, the 238-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage to hunt whales. Fifteen months later the Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale. Fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, the 20-man crew set out in three small boats for South America, almost 3,000 miles away. Three months later, only eight were left alive. This book shares a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the lore of the whaling tradition, with deep resonance in literature and American history, and in the life of the Nantucket community. - Back cover.
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