The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex

The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex

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by Owen Chase
     
 

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On the morning of November 20, 1820, in the Pacific Ocean, an enraged sperm whale rammed the Nantucket whaler Essex. As the boat began to sink, her crew of thirty had time only to collect some bread and water before pulling away in three frail open boats. Without charts, alone on the open seas, and thousands of miles from any known land, the sailors began their

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On the morning of November 20, 1820, in the Pacific Ocean, an enraged sperm whale rammed the Nantucket whaler Essex. As the boat began to sink, her crew of thirty had time only to collect some bread and water before pulling away in three frail open boats. Without charts, alone on the open seas, and thousands of miles from any known land, the sailors began their terrifying journey of survival. Ninety days later, after much suffering and death by starvation, intense heat, and dehydration, only eight men survived to reach land. One of them was Owen Chase, first mate of the ill-fated ship, whose account of the long and perilous journey has become a classic of endurance and human courage. The elements of his tale inspired Herman Melville (who was born the year the Essex sank) to write the classic Moby Dick. A gallant saga of the sea, this riveting narration of life and death, of man against the deep, will enthrall readers.

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ISBN-13:
9780156006897
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/12/1999
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
552,715
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

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could you imagine being lost at sea, in a rowboat, thousands of miles from the nearest shore? short on supplies, hope, shade, food, fresh water...... what would you do to survive? would you survive? this is the predicament the crew of the massachusetts based 1700's whaleing ship the ' essex'found themselves in.how were they're misfortunes and trials even heard of? ready for a complete drain of you'r emotions? i am talking intense here. check this one out . you wont belive it. but, it's all true......