In the Heart of the Sea

The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

302 pages

English language

Published May 6, 2001 by Penguin.

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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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  • Shipwrecks
  • Essex (Whaleship)


  • Pacific Ocean