Tells Perhaps The Greatest Sea Story Ever An Event As Mythic In Its Own Century As The Titanic Disaster In Ours, And The Inspiration For The Climax Of Moby Dick With Its Huge, Scarred Head Halfway Out Of The Water And Its Tail Beating The Ocean Into A White Water Wake Than Forty Feet Across, The Whale Approached The Ship At Twice Its Original Speed At Least Six Knots With A Tremendous Cracking And Splintering Of Oak, It Struck The Ship Just Beneath The Anchor Secured At The Cat Head On The Port Bow In The Heart Of The Sea Brings To New Life The Incredible Story Of The Wreck Of The Whaleship Essex An Event As Mythic In Its Own Century As The Titanic Disaster In Ours, And The Inspiration For The Climax Of Moby Dick In A Harrowing Page Turner, Nathaniel Philbrick Restores This Epic Story To Its Rightful Place In American History.In 1820, The 240 Ton Essex Set Sail From Nantucket On A Routine Voyage For Whales Fifteen Months Later, In The Farthest Reaches Of The South Pacific, It Was Repeatedly Rammed And Sunk By An Eighty Ton Bull Sperm Whale Its Twenty Man Crew, Fearing Cannibals On The Islands To The West, Made For The 3,000 Mile Distant Coast Of South America In Three Tiny Boats During Ninety Days At Sea Under Horrendous Conditions, The Survivors Clung To Life As One By One, They Succumbed To Hunger, Thirst, Disease, And Fear In The Heart Of The Sea Tells Perhaps The Greatest Sea Story Ever Philbrick Interweaves His Account Of This Extraordinary Ordeal Of Ordinary Men With A Wealth Of Whale Lore And With A Brilliantly Detailed Portrait Of The Lost, Unique Community Of Nantucket Whalers Impeccably Researched And Beautifully Told, The Book Delivers The Ultimate Portrait Of Man Against Nature, Drawing On A Remarkable Range Of Archival And Modern Sources, Including A Long Lost Account By The Ship S Cabin Boy.At Once A Literary Companion And A Page Turner That Speaks To The Same Issues Of Class, Race, And Man S Relationship To Nature That Permeate The Works Of Melville, In The Heart Of The Sea Will Endure As A Vital Work Of American History.
Philbrick was Brown s first Intercollegiate All American sailor in 1978 that year he won the Sunfish North Americans in Barrington, RI today he and his wife Melissa sail their Beetle Cat Clio and their Tiffany Jane 34 Marie J in the waters surrounding Nantucket Island.After grad school, Philbrick worked for four years at Sailing World magazine was a freelancer for a number of years, during whic Philbrick was Brown s first Intercollegiate All American sailor in 1978 that year he won the Sunfish North Americans in Barrington, RI today he and his wife Melissa sail their Beetle Cat Clio and their Tiffany Jane 34 Marie J in the waters surrounding Nantucket Island.After grad school, Philbrick worked for four years at Sailing World magazine was a freelancer for a number of years, during which time he wrote edited several sailing books, including Yaahting A Parody 1984 , for which he was the editor in chief during this time he was also the primary caregiver for his two children After moving to Nantucket in 1986, he became interested in the history of the island and wrote Away Off Shore Nantucket Island and Its People He was offered the opportunity to start the Egan Maritime Institute in 1995, and in 2000 he published In the Heart of the Sea, followed by Sea of Glory, in 2003, and Mayflower He is presently at work on a book about the Battle of Little Big Horn.Mayflower was a finalist for both the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in History and the Los Angeles Times Book Award and was winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction In the Heart of the Sea won the National Book Award for nonfiction Revenge of the Whale won a Boston Globe Horn Book Award Sea of Glory won the Theodore and Franklin D Roosevelt Naval History Prize and the Albion Monroe Award from the National Maritime Historical Society Philbrick has also received the Byrne Waterman Award from the Kendall Whaling Museum, the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for distinguished service from the USS Constitution Museum, the Nathaniel Bowditch Award from the American Merchant Marine Museum, the William Bradford Award from the Pilgrim Society, the Boston History Award from the Bostonian Society, and the New England Book Award from the New England Independent Booksellers Association.from his website
- 238 pages
- In the Heart of the Sea
- Nathaniel Philbrick
- 28 October 2017 Nathaniel Philbrick