Captain George Pollard Jr. In , at the age of 29, Pollard was one of the youngest men ever to command a whaling ship; Chase was 23, and the youngest member of the crew was the cabin boy, Thomas Nickerson , who was In addition, she had a spare whaleboat below decks. The crew numbered 21 men in total.
During the peak of the whaling era, the capacity to fight back was a very useful attribute for sperm whales Physeter macrocephalus. Modern metal whaling ships might be beyond the capacity of even the mightiest giant of the sea, but wooden whaling boats were vulnerable to enraged whales. This posed a puzzle, however. Where had sperm whales gained this capacity?
Economic motivation[ edit ] The nose of the whale is filled with a waxy substance that was widely used in candles, oil lamps, and lubricants. Sperm whales were hunted in the nineteenth century by American, British and other national whaling fleets. As with all the species targeted, the thick layer of fat blubber was flensed removed from the carcass and rendered, either on the whaling ship itself, or at a shore station. This was the whale oil , stored in casks for the long journey home.
Canadian Geographic magazine in french: Whales attacking ships are rare Moby Dick notwithstanding , but a few incidents have been documented through history. Illustration from an early edition of Moby-Dick. But the vindictive fictional cetacean was inspired by the tale of a real-life sperm whale, which attacked and sunk the whaling boat Essex in the southern Pacific Ocean on Nov. Now, Hollywood is recreating that unusual tragedy.
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