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Shipwreck linked to 'Moby-Dick' found

By T.K. Randall
February 14, 2011 · Comment icon 6 comments

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A shipwreck skippered by the captain who inspired Moby Dick has been found off Hawaii.
Captain George Pollard Jr had commanded another boat just two years prior that sank after it was rammed by a whale, an event that inspired the Herman Melville classic "Moby-Dick". The wreck in Hawaii is thought to have sunk in 1823 after hitting a reef.
Marine archeologists off Hawaii have found the sunken remains of a 19th century whaling vessel skippered by a captain whose ordeal from an earlier shipwreck inspired the Herman Melville classic "Moby-Dick".

Source: Telegraph | Comments (6)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Evilution13 14 years ago
Well, I've never been fond of the whole whaling industry. But from an archeological/historical point of view, quite an interesting find.
Comment icon #2 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 14 years ago
I love that story, but I never knew it was inspired from a historical event. The truth sounds darker as it's credited to be the start of the whaling industry in the U.S.
Comment icon #3 Posted by tipotep 14 years ago
I didnt know it was based on an actual event either ! Thanks for that . TiP.
Comment icon #4 Posted by StarChild 83 14 years ago
ya i didn't know it was a true story.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Evilution13 14 years ago
I heard the actual event even had a bit of canibalism involved.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Rob Awesome 14 years ago
I was kind of dissapointed that it wasn't THE ship that was attacked by the whale but the one the guy captained next. still interesting but not quite the same thing, kind of like owning the car the winner of the Daytona 500 drove home in.

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