Stove by a Whale

20 Men, 3 Boats, 96 Days

It’s November 1820, and the crew of the whaleship Essex take to their boats after an enraged sperm whale destroys their ship. Follow twenty sailors as they attempt to sail thousands of miles across the Pacific to safety with limited food and water. Along the way, learn about Nantucket in its whaling heyday and visit islands in the Pacific. See how the survivors’ tragic tale has been retold time and again in classic sea stories, in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, and in the contemporary film In the Heart of the Sea.

The Whaleship Essex “Stove By A Whale” Exhibition Preview at the Nantucket Whaling Museum

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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