Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex by Owen Chase

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Owen Chase (1798-March 8, 1869 (agedĀ 70)) was First Mate of the whale ship Essex, that was struck and sunk by a sperm whale on November 20, 1820. Chase wrote about the incident in Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-Ship Essex. This book, published in 1821, would inspire Herman Melville to write Moby-Dick.

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The 980th greatest nonfiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 61st on Extreme Classics: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time (National Geographic Adventure Magazine)

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