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The Harrowing Ordeal of the Essex, the Ship That Was Sunk by a Whale

This terrifying wreck, and its cannibalistic aftermath, inspired Moby Dick.

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  • 'Sinking of the Nantucket Whaleship Essex by a Whale on 20 November 1820' by Cyprien Gaulon, c. 1821.Photo Credit: Nantucket Historical Association

The Final Voyage

Bad Omens

“It Appeared With Tenfold Fury”

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  • A sketch of the whale attack on the Essex, drawn by cabin boy Thomas Nickerson.

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Days of Desperation

Cannibalism and Customs of the Sea

Life on Land and Sea

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  • Herman Melville, left, and an illustration that appeared in a 1902 edition of 'Moby Dick'.

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A Haunting Legacy