Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-ship Essex

On November 20, 1820, a sperm whale struck and sunk the whaling ship Essex, stranding the 21 crew members who escaped on three whale-boats in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 2000...

Narrative of the Most Extraordinary And Distressing Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex

“I saw the whale ahead of us, coming with twice his ordinary speed, and with tenfold fury and vengeance in his aspect. The surf flew in all directions about him and his...