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Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-ship Essex


by
Owen Chase

 

"I was aroused with the cry of a man at the hatchway, "Here he is - he is making for us again." I turned around, and saw him about one hundred rods directly ahead of us, coming down apparently with twice his ordinary speed, and to me at that moment, it appeared with tenfold fury and vengeance in his aspect."

Published in 1821


The true story that inspired Melville's Moby Dick, sensational in its time and still a mortal tale of the sea.



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