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The Resource In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex, Nathaniel Philbrick

In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex, Nathaniel Philbrick

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In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex
Title
In the heart of the sea
Title remainder
the tragedy of the whaleship Essex
Statement of responsibility
Nathaniel Philbrick
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In 1819, the 238-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, the unthinkable happened: in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, the Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale. Its twenty-man crew, fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, decided instead to sail their three tiny boats for the distant South American coast. They would eventually travel over 4,500 miles. The next three months tested just how far humans could go in their battle against the sea as, one by one, they succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease and fear. ... This is a timeless account of the human spirit under extreme duress, but it is also a story about a community and about the kind of men and women who lived in a forbidding, remote island like Nantucket. -- Dust jacket
  • "The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the Titanic disaster was in the twentieth. Nathaniel Philbrick now restores this story - which inspired the climactic scene in Herman Melville's Moby Dick - to its rightful place in American history." "In 1819, the 238-ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage for whales. Fifteen months later, the unthinkable happened: in the farthest reaches of the South Pacific, the Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale. Its twenty-man crew, fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, decided instead to sail their three tiny boats for the distant South American coast. They would eventually travel over 4,500 miles. The next three months tested just how far humans could go in their battle against the sea as, one by one, they succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease, and fear." "Nathaniel Philbrick brings an incredible story to life, from the intricacies of Nantucket's whaling economy and the mechanics of sailing a square-rigger to the often mysterious behavior of whales. But it is his portrayal of the crew of the Essex that makes this a heartrending book. These were not romantic adventurers, but young working men, some teenagers, just trying to earn a living in the only way they knew how. They were a varied lot; the ambitious first mate, Owen Chase, whose impulsive nature failed at a crucial moment, then drew him to a more dangerous course; the cabin boy, Thomas Nickerson, whose long-lost account of the ordeal, written at age seventy-one, provides new insights into the story; and Captain George Pollard, who was forced to take the most horrifying step if any of his men were to survive."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
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Philbrick, Nathaniel
Dewey number
910/.9164
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
G530
LC item number
.E76 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shipwrecks
  • Essex (Whaleship)
Label
In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex, Nathaniel Philbrick
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [279]-289) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • ch. 5.
  • The attack
  • ch. 6.
  • The plan
  • ch. 7.
  • At sea
  • ch. 8.
  • Centering down
  • ch. 9.
  • The island
  • ch. 1.
  • ch. 10.
  • The whisper of necessity
  • ch. 11.
  • Games of change
  • ch. 12.
  • In the eagle's shadow
  • ch. 13.
  • Homecoming
  • ch. 14.
  • Consequences
  • Nantucket
  • Epilogue : bones
  • ch. 2.
  • Knockdown
  • ch. 3.
  • First blood
  • ch. 4.
  • The lees of fire
Control code
42736296
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780670891573
Lccn
99053740
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
In the heart of the sea : the tragedy of the whaleship Essex, Nathaniel Philbrick
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [279]-289) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • ch. 5.
  • The attack
  • ch. 6.
  • The plan
  • ch. 7.
  • At sea
  • ch. 8.
  • Centering down
  • ch. 9.
  • The island
  • ch. 1.
  • ch. 10.
  • The whisper of necessity
  • ch. 11.
  • Games of change
  • ch. 12.
  • In the eagle's shadow
  • ch. 13.
  • Homecoming
  • ch. 14.
  • Consequences
  • Nantucket
  • Epilogue : bones
  • ch. 2.
  • Knockdown
  • ch. 3.
  • First blood
  • ch. 4.
  • The lees of fire
Control code
42736296
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780670891573
Lccn
99053740
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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