The Wreck of the Whaleship

The Wreck of the Whaleship "Essex": A First-hand Account of One of History's Most Extraordinary Maritime Disasters

by OwenChase (Author)


The morning of 20 November 1820 was a doomed one for the whaleship ESSEX. More than 1,000 miles from land in the South Pacific, the ship was sunk, rammed by a sperm whale. Twenty sailors managed to collect some bread and water before pulling away in three frail boats, but only eight survived what was to follow: three months of despair and debilitating exhaustion at sea. Owen Chase was one of those survivors. After returning to Nantucket, his journal of the ESSEX's perilous voyage was published. But Chase only lived to tell the tale because he had eaten his dead ship-mates...


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Headline Review
Published: 06 Apr 2000

ISBN 10: 0747263639
ISBN 13: 9780747263630

Media Reviews
'this year's equivalent of THE PERFECT STORM' Christopher Frayling in the Observer The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex was reviewed in the Times Metro 15/16 April
Author Bio
Owen Chase became the first mate of the whaleship Essex on 12 August 1819. A survivor of one of the most dramatic maritime disasters of the nineteenth-century, his account of the ship's long and perilous journey has become a classic.