Essex was an American whaler from Nantucket, Massachusetts, which was launched in 1799. In 1820, while at sea in the southern Pacific Ocean under the command of Captain George Pollard Jr., she was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale. Thousands of miles from the coast of South America with little food and water, the 20-man crew was forced to make for land in the ship's surviving whaleboats. The men suffered severe dehydration, starvation, and exposure on the open ocean, and the survivors eventuall
Nov 02, 2020 · Whaling was no easy venture. Whalers would set off from the main ship in teams aboard smaller boats, from which they would try to harpoon a whale and stab it to death with a lance. At least the crew aboard the Essex were on the main ship when the sperm whale attacked them. Owen Chase, the first mate on the Essex, first saw the whale. At 85 feet ...
- The Essex: The True Story of Moby Dick
- The Real Story of The Essex Whaleship
- Resorting to Cannibalism
- and Yet, The Whale’S Story Lives on in Film…
Whaling was a dangerous career, but Herman Melville’s now famous Moby Dick seems to create a version of it that’s beyond belief. Singing whales…sure, but homicidal ones? Only, Melville actually toned down the truth… Moby Dick may not have been white, but the story was real enough. Just ask Capt. Pollard of the Essex, a whaling ship that set sail in 1819 in search of fame and fortune. The captain was young; not even thirty years old at the time that he led his crew into the Pacific, hoping to bring home his catch of whale blubber. And then it happened.
Perhaps as vengeance for the whale hunt, or as nature’s way of punishing the crew for a fire they set on Floreana Island that is theorized to have caused the extinction of Floreana tortoises, the boat became the target for a whale that made Moby Dick seem tame. A massive whale that Pollard’s second in command, Owen Chase, estimated at 85 meters in length, charged the Essex. The whale, stunned from the initial blow he dealt the ship, paused for a moment, swam away, and charged again. He was angry, and knew how to take it out on the wooden ship. The 88 meter-long Essexwas no match for the monstrous beast. Pollard had been actively pursuing the hunt of smaller whales in one the ship’s hunting boats. He returned to the Essex to find it sinking, and asked, Shocked and suddenly ship-less, the 20-man crew loaded the remaining rations, maps, supplies, and themselves into the three surviving smaller craft – none of which were designed for long voyages – and watched in horror as the Essexsank...
Three days after the boats left Henderson Island, the crew once again ran out of resources. By early February, the boat led by Owen Chase had resorted to cannibalism for survival. According to Chase’s account of the first cannibalistic event, the men “separated limbs from his body, and cut all the flesh from the bones; after which, we opened the body, took out the heart, and then closed it again—sewed it up as decently as we could, and committed it to the sea.” They cooked the organs and flesh on a flat stone, and ate them. Over the coming weeks, at least three more crewmembers were eaten after they died. And then Pollard faced a personal struggle that cost him dearly. On the Essex, one member of the crew was Captain Pollard’s young cousin, Owen Coffin, a teenager with a last name too apt for his fate. According to the custom of the sea, the men – having run out of food – drew lots in order to choose one man who would be killed and eaten. Coffin’s fate was sealed. His best friend on...
Nathaniel Philbrick resurrected the tragic story of the Essex in 2000, with his book In the Heart of the Sea. Pollard’s true life-story – more harrowing after the whale’s attack than during it – will soon be brought to life with the help of modern cinematic technology. Ron Howard is bringing the book, and the whale, to life in a movie starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Holland. Are you ready for Ron Howard’s version of this stranger than fiction tale? Here’s survivor Thomas Nickerson’s account. essex in the heart of the sea moby dick ron howard
It was the story of the Essex which inspired Hermann Melville, himself a crewman on a whaleship, to write Moby Dick a fictionalised account based on the story of the 'Essex'. I have never read 'Moby Dick' but this is a gripping and informative real-life account of the sinking of the 'Essex' and the awful consequences for its crew.
- Nathaniel Philbrick
- Penguin Books
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex In 1820, an angry sperm whale sank the whaleship Essex, leaving its desperate crew to drift for more than ninety days in three tiny boats.
Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex is the story of the real life ship that inspired the fictional story of Moby Dick. This book tells the horror these survivors faced while on the ship and while at sea. The telling is chilling. This whaler, Chase Owen, used his own journals to assure his facts were accurate.
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Mar 01, 2013 · The trouble for Essex began, as Melville knew, on August 14, 1819, just two days after it left Nantucket on a whaling voyage that was supposed to last two and a half years. The 87-foot-long ship ...
- Gilbert King
Feb 11, 2011 · The Essex's epic tale inspired Herman Melville's classic novel "Moby-Dick," but it is Pollard's second ill-fated vessel, the Two Brothers, that is gaining notoriety today.. Exactly 188 years to ...
- BEN FORER
Dec 28, 2015 · The tale of the vengeful whale that took out the Essex, a whaling-ship, has now been adapted in true swashbuckling style. In the Heart of the Sea: the horrific true story behind Moby-Dick Menu Close
- Angela Cockayne
In the Heart of the Sea is a 2015 historical adventure-drama film directed and produced by Ron Howard and written by Charles Leavitt. It is based on Nathaniel Philbrick 's 2000 non-fiction book of the same name , about the sinking of the American whaling ship Essex in 1820, an event that inspired Herman Melville 's 1851 novel Moby-Dick .
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