The Wreck of the Whaleship "Essex"

The Wreck of the Whaleship "Essex" : A First-hand Account of One of History's Most Extraordinary Maritime Disasters

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The morning of 20 November 1820 was a doomed one for the whaleship ESSEX. More than 1,000 miles from land in the South Pacific, the ship was sunk, rammed by a sperm whale. Twenty sailors managed to collect some bread and water before pulling away in three frail boats, but only eight survived what was to follow: three months of despair and debilitating exhaustion at sea. Owen Chase was one of those survivors. After returning to Nantucket, his journal of the ESSEX's perilous voyage was published. But Chase only lived to tell the tale because he had eaten his dead more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 10mm | 181.44g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8pp b&w photographs
  • 0747263639
  • 9780747263630

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'this year's equivalent of THE PERFECT STORM' Christopher Frayling in the Observer The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex was reviewed in the Times Metro 15/16 Aprilshow more

About Owen Chase

Owen Chase became the first mate of the whaleship Essex on 12 August 1819. A survivor of one of the most dramatic maritime disasters of the nineteenth-century, his account of the ship's long and perilous journey has become a more

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