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There She Blows
Main Title You Wouldn't Want to be a Roman Gladiator!
The Essex has been at sea for over three months and you are off the coast of Argentina when the lookout cries “there she blows”.
You Wouldn't Want to be an Egyptian Mummy!
He means that he has spotted a whale’s spout – the spray of moist, warm air released from the whale’s blowhole when it surfaces to breathe.
You Wouldn't Want to be a Polar Explorer
Whaling
You hope it’s a sperm whale – experienced whalers can tell different whale species by the size and shape of their spout.
Lookout Base
Whale Logo Whale Logo
Introduction
Life Aboard Ship Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Nantucket: Whaling Capital of the World
Whale Spout
The Whaling Ship Essex
About this Title
Sperm Whale
Life Aboard Ship
There She Blows!
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Nantucket Sleigh Ride
SPERM WHALE This is the largest toothed whale. It grows up to 59 feet (18m) long. It has a single blowhole that spouts forward and to the left.
Flensing the Whale
Click to compare with other whales
Trying Out the Whale
Logbook
CAPTAIN'S LOG
Right, the captain’s log book records different whale species and how many barrels of oil they produce. Vertical sketches show escaped whales and horizontal ones show those that are killed.
Stove by a Whale
Logbook
Alone in the Pacific
Starvation, Madness, and Cannibalism
The Homecoming
Logbook
Logbook
Map
TRACK OF THE ESSEX
The Essex set sail on 12th August, 1819, and stops in the Azores and Cape Verde Islands. The ship sights sperm whales off the Argentinian coast and makes her first ‘kill’. The Essex rounds Cape Horn in 1820 and sails up the west coast of South America and into the Pacific.
Based on the book, You Wouldn't Want to Sail on a 19th-Century Whaling Ship!
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