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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Summary
Nathaniel Philbrick

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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Summary

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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick tells the story of a whaleship which was attacked by a large bull sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. After the shipwreck, the crew made a journey of over 4,500 miles across the ocean with limited provisions and in small whaleboats. Included in this narrative are the history of whaling in Nantucket, the experiences of whaling, and the effects of starvation and dehydration.

In 1819, the Essex set sail from Nantucket Island, Massachusetts on a voyage to hunt sperm whales and bring back the whale oil. In the first part of its journey, the men experienced a storm which knocked down the ship, and a surfacing whale that damaged one of their whaleboats. They also spent a month rounding Cape Horn.

Reaching the Pacific, the crew made several provisioning stops along the...

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