The Tragedy of the Essex

In November 1820, an enraged sperm whale rammed and sank the Nantucket whaleship Essex in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 1,300 miles from the nearest land.

Located in the Whaling Museum, Overlook Gallery
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Stove by a Whale ExhibitStove by a Whale

Follow twenty sailors as they attempt to sail thousands of miles across the Pacific to safety with limited food and water.

Appeared in the Whaling Museum, McCausland Gallery
April 2015–March 2017
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LOST ON A REEF Nantucket Whaleship Two Brothers ExhibitLost on a Reef

The Whaling Museum presented the world premiere exhibition of material from the wreck of the Nantucket whaleship Two Brothers, the final chapter in former Essex Captain George Pollard Jr.’s ill-fated seafaring career.

Appeared in the Whaling Museum, Mezzanine Gallery
April–December 2012
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The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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