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In the Heart of the Sea By Nathaniel Philbrick

In the Heart of the Sea
by Nathaniel Philbrick

After the sinking of the whaleship Essex by an enraged spermwhale in the Pacific in November 1820, 20 sailors who survived took to three small boats. Eight of them survived a 90-day ordeal, after eating their shipmates. The author bases the account on a survivor's diary discovered in 1998.
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In the Heart of the Sea: The Epic True Story That Inspired "Moby Dick" by Nathaniel Philbrick

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 20 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 cannibalizing 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. The author uses a hitherto unknown diary of one of the survivors discovered in an attic in Connecticut in spring 1998.

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About Nathaniel Philbrick


Nathaniel Philbrick is a historian and broadcaster who has written extensively about sailing. He is director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies on Nantucket Island, and a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association. He was a consultant on the movie Moby Dick. Aged 41, he has lived on Nantucket with his wife and two children since 1986.

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In the Heart of the Sea: The Epic True Story That Inspired "Moby Dick" by Nathaniel Philbrick
Nathaniel Philbrick
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