1820: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

Moby Dick

The Sinking Of Essex (a whaling ship) via National Geographic History

On November 20, 1820, the American whaling ship Essex was rammed by a sperm whale and sunk. The incident inspired Herman Melville’s famous novel Moby Dick.

Read more here:http://education.nationalgeographic.org/thisday/nov20/tragedy-whaleship-essex/?

3 responses »

  1. These are the kind of details about books and boats that just sit me down and cause me to think about how circumstances and events collide and someone’s creativity ignites and something new then exists. Thank you.


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