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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (2000)

por Nathaniel Philbrick

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In 1819, the 238-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage to hunt whales. Fifteen months later the Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale. Fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, the 20-man crew set out in three small boats for South America, almost 3,000 miles away. Three months later, only eight were left alive. This book shares a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the lore of the whaling tradition, with deep resonance in literature and American history, and in the life of the Nantucket community. - Back cover.… (mais)
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Nathaniel Philbrick's well-researched account draws from diaries and other sources in the Nantucket Historical Society's museums and other locations to paint a picture of the tragic shipwreck of the Nantucket whaling vessel, the Essex, commanded by Captain Pollard. His first mate was Owen Chase. While many of the men were from the island, some crew members, particularly African Americans, were outsiders. A large sperm whale attacked the ship. By the time they abandoned the ship to the smaller vessels, some of their provisions were unusable. They spent 93 days at sea without adequate food or water. One week was spent on Henderson Island where they found a small spring and a few fishes, but nothing adequate enough to sustain them. Fear of cannibals kept them from sailing to easier ports, and in the end, they ended up eating their fellow crew members (mostly deceased ones although they did shoot one) to survive. The smaller vessels became separated, and three men chose to remain on Henderson Island. Finally the survivors were rescued, and the author brought us up to date on each of their lives as best as records permitted. I think this is the first audiobook to which I've listened where nearly two hours of footnotes were read. You might think they were boring, but I found them enjoyable as they were read in such a manner that added to the narrative. This story, of course, inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick, and Philbrick mentions Melville's reading of Chase's account and interview with Capt. Pollard who became the island's night watchman. The cannibalism parts lasted longer than I could tolerate in places, but otherwise, it was an excellent book. ( )
  thornton37814 | Mar 26, 2021 |
3.5 stars
I picked up this book because I saw a preview for the film. It looked interesting. The book was more than I was expecting. It's mostly about what happened after the infamous whale attack that brought down the ship. The author does a great job of delivering the facts. Sometimes it's a dry delivery like a boring school lesson. Other times, it feels like reading a horror story. The survivors sometimes chose the wrong directions and went to terrible lengths to keep going. Cannibalism happens, and not in small quantities. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |
There are experiments going on such as the Mars500 project where a number of people have been sealed into a mock-up of a spaceship for 520 days - to finish November 2011. From reading this book it sounds as if all the experiments necessary have already been done by the whaling ships in the 1800s. I hope the Mars500 project does not have this book on their reading list, but they should each be given a free copy as soon as they are out. The whaling ships were in some ways more cut off than spaceships and certainly went to sea for comparable lengths of time, in worse conditions.

This tale is a heart rending account of what happened after the sinking of the ship by the whale, but also an account of what men endured even when things did not go wrong. Leaves me feeling luckier than ever to be living here and now - and I recommend the book to everyone, not just spacemen. ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jan 23, 2021 |
To discover that Moby Dick was inspired by a "true tale" was startling. In the story of the Essex, the encounter with the whale is a small (but critical) part of the story. A grizzly but well documented account of the aftermath of the encounter with the whale. ( )
  feralcatbob | Dec 22, 2020 |
"The Essex disaster is not a tale of adventure. It is a tragedy that happens to be one of the greatest true stories ever told."

I really enjoyed this book. Unimaginable tale. I would have thought it to be a fiction. ( )
  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
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And in the greatness of thine excellency thou has over-
thrown them that rose up against thee: Thou sentest
forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble. And
with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered to-
gether, the floods stood upright as a heap, and the
depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.

-EXODUS 15:7-8

This is the end of the whaleroad and the whale
Who spewed Nantucket bones in the thrashed swell....
This is the end of running on the waves;
We are poured out like water. Who will dance
The mast-lashed masters of Leviathans
Up from this field of Quakers in their unstoned graves?

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Like a giant bird of prey, the whaleship moved lazily up the western coast of South America, zigging and zagging across a living sea of oil.
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In 1819, the 238-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage to hunt whales. Fifteen months later the Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale. Fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, the 20-man crew set out in three small boats for South America, almost 3,000 miles away. Three months later, only eight were left alive. This book shares a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the lore of the whaling tradition, with deep resonance in literature and American history, and in the life of the Nantucket community. - Back cover.

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