In the Heart of the Sea : The Epic True Story That Inspired `Moby Dick'

In the Heart of the Sea : The Epic True Story That Inspired `Moby Dick'

Description

The Number One best-selling, epic true-life story of one of the most notorious maritime disasters of the 19th century, beautifully reissued alongside Philbrick's new paperback, Sea of Glory.

The sinking of the whaleship Essex by an enraged spermwhale in the Pacific in November 1820 set in motion one of the most dramatic sea stories of all time: the twenty sailors who survived the wreck took to three small boats (one of which was again attacked by a whale) and only eight of them survived their subsequent 90-day ordeal, after resorting to cannibalising their mates.

Three months after the Essex was broken up, the whaleship Dauphin, cruising off the coast of South America, spotted a small boat in the open ocean. As they pulled alongside they saw piles of bones in the bottom of the boat, at least two skeletons' worth, with two survivors - almost skeletons themselves - sucking the marrow from the bones of their dead ship-mates.


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Details

Author(s)
Nathaniel Philbrick
Format
Paperback | 336 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 22mm | 260g
Publication date
17 Nov 2000
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint
HarperPerennial
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
8 b/w plates (16pp)
ISBN10
0006531202
ISBN13
9780006531203
Bestsellers rank
78,819