"The Loss of the Ship Essex" is the real story behind Melville's masterpiece, "Moby Dick, " a riveting tale of history and true-life adventure. This classic edition combines first-person narratives of the doomed voyage of the whaleship with every relevant contemporary account
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In 1820, the Nantucket whaleship Essex was sailing in the South Pacific when it was rammed by an angry sperm whale. The ship sank, leaving twenty crew members floating in three small boats for ninety days. This edition brings together the harrowing tales of the survivors.