In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Nathaniel Philbrick
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Preface

• The Preface introduces the reasons for whaling in 1821 and the island community of Nantucket.

• Two men in a small boat are found by the crew of the Dauphin, and it is reported that only eight men have survived a terrible tragedy.

Chapter 1

• Nantucket's background is given along with a description of the crew boarding the Essex and how their wages are calculated.

• Water, food, and supplies are loaded onto the Essex as it prepares to leave Nantucket and embark on the whaling trip.

Chapter 2

• Captain Pollard, at age twenty- eight, is in control as the Essex sets sail from the docks of Nantucket, providing entertainment for the people there.

• The Essex experiences bad weather that damages the ship, and Pollard chooses to return to Nantucket. He is talked out of his decision by Chase.

Chapter 3

• The first whale escapes with the help of a second whale that...

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