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Philbrick, Nathaniel.
New York : G. P. Putnam's, 2002.
IL 5-8, RL 6.1
ISBN 039923795X
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In 1820, the Nantucket whaler Essex suffered a fate never before heard of among the whalers.  A sixty ton sperm whale rammed and sank their ship -- seemingly in revenge for the whales killed by the crew.  And now, left with no ship and miles from any land, the twenty crewmen set off in three small boats and scant provisions to sustain them on their journey.  For the next three months, these men endured unspeakable deprivation.  We know what happened from the accounts of the survivors including the 14 year old cabin boy, Thomas Nickerson.  Tales of starvation, thirst and, yes, even cannibalism, make of the story of the survival of the men from the Whaleship Essex.
SUBJECTS:     Essex (Whaleship).


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