Originally Posted by deniseO30
Anyway.. I'm not saying it's any one author in particular, but as I've read more and more stories I can't help but think the embellishment is sometimes a bit much. (there was one about a killer whale that went through the hull of a big wooden boat)
It was a sperm whale that sank the ship. The name of the ship was Essex and the book was “Most Extra-Ordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex” by Owen Chase published in 1821. In 1973 I read an original copy from the Brownell collection in Providence RI.
All the best,
PS The book about my sailing up to 1976, "Presumed Lost" under told everything. The best stories were embarrassing at the time so I didn’t tell John, the author of the book everything.