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In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex

Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2001.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nathaniel Philbrick
ISBN: 0141001828 : 9780141001821
OCLC Number: 46949818
Description: xvi, 302 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: ch. 1. Nantucket --
ch.2. Knockdown --
ch. 3. First blood --
ch. 4. The lees of fire --
ch. 5. The attack --
ch. 6. The plan --
ch. 7. At sea --
ch. 8. Centering down --
ch. 9. The island --
ch. 10. The whisper of necessity --
ch. 11. Games of change --
ch. 12. In the eagle's shadow --
ch. 13. Homecoming --
ch. 14. Consequences --
Epilogue : bones.
Other Titles: Tragedy of the whaleship Essex
Responsibility: Nathaniel Philbrick.

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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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And the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea...

by CEKing1 (WorldCat user published 2010-04-27) Very Good Permalink

I thought In the Heart of the Sea to be a very worthwhile read. Not only is the Essex story truly fascinating in its own right, Philbrick's narrative is both approachable and fluid. Philbrick neither overwhelms with detail nor loses the story in his journalistic approach. However,...
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