posted on Feb, 12 2011 @ 02:54 PM
What an amazing find! To find a ship belonging to the ship captain who inspired one of the most recognized man vs. beast and seafaring tales ever
written. The book was Jaws before Spielberg did his foray into the man vs. beast genre.
Hopefully, the discovery can shed more light on the whaling industry and its seafaring profiteers who underwent excruciating circumstances to find the
other energy source before black gold. By all accounts the profession was one of the most dangerous during the period of the latter 1700s and
early1800s. This was sailing before the advent of the iron clad vessels, GPS, Coastguard rescues, and other advantages we see on documentaries and
shows like on "The Deadliest Catch."
As the article above mentioned, the ship itself was not the actual vessel which inspired the seminal book called the Essex, but a boat belonging to
the captain of the Essex, Skipper George Pollard. Apparently, life imitates art quite frequently. Amazing find, and adds further historical emphasis
to the long storied tale of the high stakes world of whaling during a period when whale blubber was used as viable energy source.
(visit the link for the full news article)