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Essex (Whale-ship)

Works: 20 works in 47 publications in 1 language and 551 library holdings
Genres: True adventure stories  History  Sea stories  Fiction  Juvenile works  Children's audiobooks  Sources  Biography  Records and correspondence  Pictorial works 
Classifications: G530.E77, 910.9164
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Publications about Essex (Whale-ship)
Most widely held works about Essex (Whale-ship)
    Narrative of the most extraordinary and distressing shipwreck of the whaleship Essex by Owen Chase( Book )
    4 editions published between 1963 and 1972 in English and held by 176 libraries worldwide
    The original account of the whaleship attacked by a whale off the Pacific coast of South America which inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick
    The wreck of the whaleship Essex; a narrative account by Owen Chase( Book )
    8 editions published between 1965 and 1999 in English and held by 123 libraries worldwide
    Story of the Nantucket whaler's destruction on November 20, 1820 by an enraged sperm whale and a record of privation and suffering by crew on the open Pacific
    In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick( Sound Recording )
    5 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 44 libraries worldwide
    The sinking of the whaleship Essex by an enraged spermwhale in the Pacific in November 1820 set in motion one of the most dramatic sea stories of all time: the twenty sailors who survived the wreck took to three small boats (one of which was again attacked by a whale) and only eight of them survived their subsequent 90-day ordeal, after resorting to cannibalising their mates. Three months after the Essex was broken up, the whaleship Dauphin, cruising off the coast of South America, spotted a small boat in the open ocean. As they pulled alongside they saw piles of bones in the bottom of the boat, at least two skeletons' worth, with two survivors, almost skeletons themselves, sucking the marrow from the bones of their dead ship-mates
    In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick( Book )
    2 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 44 libraries worldwide
    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
    The loss of the ship Essex, sunk by a whale by Thomas Nickerson( Book )
    1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
    In 1820, the Nantucket whaleship "Essex", thousands of miles from home in the South Pacific, was rammed by an angry sperm whale. The ship sank, leaving 20 crew members floating in three small boats. The incident provided the inspiration for Melville's masterpiece, "Moby Dick". A riveting tale of history and true-life adventure, this classic edition combines first-person narratives of the doomed voyage of the whaleship with every relevant contemporary account
    South American fights and fighters, and other tales of adventure by Cyrus Townsend Brady( Book )
    5 editions published between 1910 and 1913 in English and held by 18 libraries worldwide
    The Jonah man by Henry Carlisle( Book )
    3 editions published between 1984 and 2000 in English and held by 17 libraries worldwide
    The loss of the "Essex" : sunk by a whale in mid-ocean by Edouard A Stackpole( Book )
    1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 10 libraries worldwide
    Narrative of the most extraordinary and distressing shipwreck of the whale-ship Essex, of Nantucket; which was attacked and finally destroyed by a large spermaceti-whale, in the Pacific Ocean by Owen Chase( Book )
    5 editions published in 1821 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
    First hand account by the first mate of the Essex which was shipwrecked and sunk by a whale, this becoming the inspiration for Melville's Moby Dick. Describes the ramming and sinking of the ship by a furious sperm whale on Nov. 20, 1819 some 2,000 miles west of the Galapagos. The surviving twenty crew members struggled to exist in three open boats, but only eight lived through the ordeal. Six men who died of natural causes were eaten by their shipmates and one other crew member was shot and eaten. The voyage of the two small boats, rescued off South America, was twice as long as that of Bligh after the Bounty Mutiny. Australian connections include the ship Surry picking up three men on Henderson/Elizabeth Island and their trip to Sydney stopping at Pitcairn Island; eventual accounts by the survivors and Surry crew; Thomas Raine, Surry captain, prominence in the Australian whaling industry
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