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The Whaleship "Essex"

(1819—1820)

On November 20, 1820, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, an 85 foot sperm whale repeatedly rammed the Nantucket whaleship, "Essex." The ship quickly filled with water and capsized leaving its crew to make their way across the ocean in three whale boats with limited food and water.

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Crew:
Boatsteerer: Benjamin Lawrence 1
Boatsteerer: Obed Hendricks 1
Boatsteerer: Thomas Chappel 1
Cabin Boy: Thomas Nickerson 1
Captain: George Pollard, Jr 1
First Mate: Owen Chase 1
Sailor: Charles Shorter 1
Sailor: Lawson Thomas 1
Sailor: Seth Weeks 1
Sailor: Joseph West 1
Sailor: William Wright 1
Sailor: Owen Coffin 1
Sailor: Isaac Cole 1
Sailor: Henry Dewitt 1
Sailor: Richard Peterson 1
Sailor: Charles Ramsdell 1
Sailor: Barzillai Ray 1
Sailor: Samuel Reed 1
Sailor: Isaiah Sheppard 1
Second Mate: Matthew Joy 1
Steward: William Bond 1
Locations:
1 Home: Nantucket, Massachusetts 2
10 Provisioned: Atacames, Ecuador 2
11 Provisioned: Galapagos Islands 2
2 Stopped: Flores Island, Azores 2
3 Stopped: Boa Vista, Cape Verde 2
4 Passed: falkland islands 2
5 Passed: 55 53' 08.41'' S 69 39' 12.68'' W 2
6 Stopped: Aruco, Chile 2
7 Provisioned: 33 46' 39.01'' S 80 46' 07.82'' W 2
8 Provisioned: Talcahuano, Chile 2
9 Provisioned: Arica, Chile 2
Ship Rammed By Whale and Sunk: 0 4' 0" S 119 0' 0" W 2
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Category: Shipwreck 3
Voyage Timeline:
Departs Nantucket: 12 Aug 1819 4
Rammed by Whale: 20 Nov 1820 4
Reach Cape Verde Islands: 19 Sep 1819 4
Reach Galapagos Islands: 08 Oct 1820 4
Reach the Azores: 02 Sep 1819 4
Rounding Cape Horn: November - January 1820 4
Ship Briefly Blown Over: 15 Aug 1819 4

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Sources

  1. Nathaniel Philbrick's "In the Heart of the Sea" — Contributed by peter
  2. Nathaniel Philbrick's "In the Heart of the Sea" and "The Loss of the Ship Essex, Sunk by a Whale" published by Penguin Classics — Contributed by peter
  3. Contributed by peter
  4. Nathaniel Philbrick's "In the Heart of the Sea" and "The Loss of the Ship Essex, Sunk by a Whale" published by Penguin Classics — Contributed by peter

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