The destruction of the whaleship Essex

June 8, 2015 With Nathanial Philbrick

In this program from fifteen years ago, Nathanial Philbrick, author of “In the Heart of the Sea,” recounts the true-life story that probably inspired Melville’s Moby Dick. The Essex, a whaleship out of Nantucket, was completely destroyed by the great sperm whale that it was pursuing  in the South Pacific about a thousand miles east of the Marquesas Islands.