Stove by a Whale: 20 Men, 3 Boats, 96 Days
McCausland Gallery, Whaling Museum
Nantucket Historical Association
13 Broad Street
April 24, 2015 through November 2016
It’s November 1820, and the crew of the whaleship Essex take to their boats after an enraged sperm whale destroys their ship. Follow twenty sailors as they attempt to sail thousands of miles across the Pacific to safety with limited food and water. Along the way, learn about Nantucket in its whaling heyday and visit islands in the Pacific. See how the survivors’ tragic tale has been retold time and again in classic sea stories, in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, and in the contemporary film In the Heart of the Sea.