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4.0 out of 5 stars A chilling but remarkable tale of survival at sea, 30 Nov 2000
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This review is from: The Wreck of the Whaleship "Essex": A First-hand Account of One of History's Most Extraordinary Maritime Disasters (Paperback)
The true story of the sinking of the whaleship Essex and survival of her crew after being attacked by a whale. The telling of this story was the insiration of Herrman Melville's book "Moby Dick".
A short read that can be finished in one sitting or a chapter at a time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic adventure, 6 Feb 2014
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L. Cobham (Lancashire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Wreck of the Whaleship "Essex": A First-hand Account of One of History's Most Extraordinary Maritime Disasters (Paperback)
I came across this book, bizarrely, through listening to an album called 'The death defying unicorn' by a group called 'Motorpsycho'. In the sleeve notes they mention that the album was inspired by this book. Obviously, I had to purchase said book as the album is a corker.
Well, they're not wrong. The story from start to finish is gripping and compelling reading. A real catastrophe at sea that has you hoping for the men involved. It's written by a survivor of the wreck so his account of the story is perfect. It's just so hard to imagine how they made it through such a haunting ordeal. I loved it so much I went on a search for more sea adventure type books and have fallen across the story of William Dampier.
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