In the Heart of the Sea : The Epic True Story That Inspired `Moby Dick’
by Nathaniel Philbrick
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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The best-selling, true epic-life story of one of the most famous maritime disasters of the 19th century, superbly reprinted alongside Philbrick in the new paperback book, The Sea of GloryThe sinking of the whaler Essex by a spermwhale in the Pacific in November 1820, set in motion one of the most spectacular sea stories of all time: the twenty or so sailors who survived the sinking had three small boats (one of which was attacked again by a whale) and only eight of them survived the 90 days of calvary, after resorting to cannibalising their comradesThree months after the Essex was broken, the whaler Dolphin, cruise off the coast of South America, noticed a small boat in the middle of the oceanAs they fired alongside they saw piles of bones in the bottom of the boat, at least two valuable skeletons, with two survivors – near skeletons themselves to suck the marrow from the bone of their dead comrades ship
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