The doomed whaleship Essex, bound for the whaling grounds of the Pacific, departed our shores in August 1819 with a crew of 21. On November 20, a vengeful 85-foot whale — Mellville’s inspiration for his classic novel, Moby Dick —stove the boat, sinking it. After four harrowing months at sea — enduring storms, deprivation, delirium and worse — only five men (all Nantucketers) lived to tell the incredible tale.

Come to our shores — where islander Nathaniel Philbrick wrote his bestseller, In the Heart of the Sea — and discover more about this epic voyage. The film based on the book will be released on March 15 and The World of the Essex, a major interactive exhibition will run from April 24 through November 2015. Various walking tours, harbour tours, and lectures — and
an In the Art of the Sea gallery exhibit — are planned to coincide with the film debut.

Set foot on our wharves and be transported back to the era when Nantucket reigned as Whaling Capital of the World. Stroll along cobblestone streets and fog-shrouded wharves, past the homes of ill-fated Captain George Pollard, 1st Mate Owen Chase and cabin boy Thomas Nickerson. “Nantucket! Take out your map and look at it. See what a real corner of the world it occupies; how it stands there away off shore…” wrote Melville. Do more than that…visit our Faraway Island and immerse yourself in this unique place, steeped in history.

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