Moby Dick Whaling

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On October 18th,1851, the Great American Epic "Moby Dick" was published by Herman Melville. Melville worked as a crew member on several vessels beginning in 1839. These sea voyages sparked a theme of seafaring life stories; some personal and some imagined events. As a whaler Melville overheard many different tales about whaling, but the one he became most obsessed with was about a survivor of a ship that had been attacked and sunk by a great white whale. The name of the ship was "The Essex". The Essex was an American whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts, a town that thrived on whale oil and hunting sperm whales. The ship was under the command of Captain George Pollard Jr., along with his first and second mates; Owen Chase and Matthew
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