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In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

June 30, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Dr. Mark J. Schenker, Senior Associate Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs in Yale College

The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than ninety days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

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June 30, 2015
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371 United States
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