In the Heart of the Sea

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The story behind Herman Melville's classic Moby Dick.
Nathaniel Philbrick tells the story of the sinking of the whale ship Essex by an enraged sperm whale and also describes in detail what happened to the twenty crew members who survived. Having escaped the whale attack they spent three months drifting in small boats before being rescued. Philbrick speculates about the tensions that must have existed between these men, especially when desperation forced them to eat each other in order to survive. This book is driven by the story of these men but also includes a fascinating history of the nineteenth century whaling industry and looks at the impact of this disaster on the people involved in it. This chilling history should appeal to fans of Dava Sobel's best selling Longitude as it's in a similar style.
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Weight 0.260000
Author Nathaniel Philbrick
Availability IP
Department Maritime
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780006531203
Pages 336
Published 01/11/2000
Publisher HarperCollins
Section Maritime Guides
Size Unfolded 16x24cm
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