1154 The Essex capsizing

After being rammed by a huge whale, the whale ship Essex capsized. The captain ordered the masts to be cut for the ship to roll back and the crew able to walk in to get as many provisions as they could.

1153 Essex hit by a whale

On November 20th 1820, the whale ship Essex, from Nantucket has been rammed by a huge 85 feet whale. The ship sank, leaving the 17 crew with just the three whaleboats. They drifted for almost three months and only five survived.