Kenneth Setzer

In the Heart of the Sea

Today is the anniversary of a remarkable event in nautical history. The whaleship Essex, stove and sunk by a whale: the victim/leviathan fought back. The ultimate text on this tale was written by Nathaniel Philbrick, entitled “In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex.

One of my absolute favorite books, it has it all: exploration, whales, castaways, survival, cannibalism. It supposedly inspired Melville, and you know I love me some Melville.

Read the Philbrick book. You won’t be sorry!

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This entry was posted on November 20, 2012 by in literature, natural history, nature, Ocean, odontocetes, sperm whale, whales and tagged , , , , , , .

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