Sunday, October 18, 2015

In The Heart of the Sea

In 1820, crewmen (Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy) aboard the New England vessel Essex face a harrowing battle for survival when a whale of mammoth size and strength attacks with force, crippling their ship and leaving them adrift in the ocean. Pushed to their limits and facing storms, starvation, panic and despair, the survivors must resort to the unthinkable to stay alive. 
Portrait of Owen Chase via
Directed by Ron Howard
My reading of The Sea Captain's Wife has inspired me to learn more about our history upon the sea. The wreck of The Essex by a monster whale is an incident that entered into the collective minds of 19th century myth and legend similar to the 20th centuries fixation on the wreck of the Titanic. This is the true story that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick. This incredible film based on the wreck of the Essex is expected to be in theaters this December. I will be seeing it.
Smashing of the ship Essex by a whale
The book upon which the movie is based.
Owen Chase, First Mate of the Whale Ship Essex published an account of his experience in 1821 upon his miraculous return. It is in the public domain and available online.
Narrative of the Whale-Ship Essex by Owen Chase here
New Bedford Whaling Museum here
In the Heart of the See movie here 
Sticking the Prey - Cappy Amundsen 24" x 34"
Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

1 comment:

  1. I cannot even imagine being in such a state on the sea.
    I do love it ..
    Thanks for all heads up Gail!


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