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Essex was an American whaler from Nantucket, Massachusetts, launched in In , while at sea under the command of Captain George Pollard, Jr., a sperm whale attacked and sank her in the southern Pacific Ocean.
1 Mar The whaler Essex was indeed sunk by a whale—and that's only the the Essex, the ship that had been attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in.
Description: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. Knockdown[ edit ] Two days after leaving Nantucket, a sudden squall hit Essex in the Gulf Stream and knocked her on her beam-ends, nearly sinking her. She lost her topgallant sail and two whaleboats were destroyed, with an additional whaleboat damaged.