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!