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

Author: Nathaniel Philbrick; Scott Brick
Publisher: Newport Beach, CA : Books on Tape, ℗2000.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English : Library edView all editions and formats
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This is the incredible story of the wreck of the whaleship Essex, the inspiration for Melville's great classic, Moby Dick. In 1820, the Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, it was rammed and sunk by an eighty-ton bull sperm whale. Its twenty-man crew, fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, made for the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Nathaniel Philbrick; Scott Brick
ISBN: 0736659722 9780736659727
OCLC Number: 45664566
Notes: Subtitle from container.
Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Performer(s): Read by Scott Brick.
Description: 9 audio discs (approximately 10 hr., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Responsibility: by Nathaniel Philbrick.

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This is the incredible story of the wreck of the whaleship Essex, the inspiration for Melville's great classic, Moby Dick. In 1820, the Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, it was rammed and sunk by an eighty-ton bull sperm whale. Its twenty-man crew, fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, made for the 3,000-mile-distant coast of South America in three tiny boats. During ninety days at sea under horrendous conditions, they clung to life and, one by one, succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease, and fear. When eight survivors were retrieved off the coast of Chile, they had sailed almost 4,500 nautical miles across the Pacific.--Container.

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