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Starvation, Madness, and Cannibalism
Main Title You Wouldn't Want to be a Roman Gladiator!
After surviving for a month on meagre rations and little water, you finally sight land. But it is a small deserted island which cannot support 20 men. Three remain and the rest set sail again. Within days the three boats are separated in a storm. One is never seen again and life becomes desperate. As weaker crew members die from thirst and hunger, the survivors turn to cannibalism to survive. Finally, after 90 days, your boat is sighted. You are saved, but 12 of the crew have died, including two of your friends.
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Whaling
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Henderson Island
Introduction
Alone in the Pacific The Homecoming
Nantucket: Whaling Capital of the World
The Whaling Ship Essex
About this Title
Life Aboard Ship
LAND HO!
On December 20th you sight land, Henderson Island. It has no inhabitants and little food for the hungry crew.
HE’S MINE!
The men search for any fresh water and food. They find water and catch crabs, fish and birds.
STAYING BEHIND
The captain knows that the island can’t support 20 men, so three stay behind while the rest of the crew sail on.
There She Blows
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Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Flensing the Whale
Map - Top
Trying Out the Whale
Stove by a Whale
Alone in the Pacific
Starvation, Madness and Cannibalism
SEPARATED IN A STORM
After leaving the island, a storm separates the three whaleboats. You are in the boat of 1st Mate, Owen Chase.
The Homecoming
JOURNEY
INTO HELL
Map - middle
Map - bottom
Right, map of whaleboat routes.
FIRST DEATH.
Above, on 10th January the 2nd Mate, Matthew Joy, dies. His body is lowered into the ocean.


GOING MAD!
Left, driven almost mad by thirst and hunger, the survivors decide to eat their dead friends to stay alive.
The fate of Owen Coffin
On Captain Pollard’s boat, only he and your two friends Coffin and Ramsdell are left alive. They make a pact to draw lots over who should die to feed the others. Owen Coffin, the Captain’s cousin, draws the ‘short straw’ and is killed by his best friend, Charles Ramsdell. Pollard later recalled, “He was soon dispatched, and nothing of him left.”
BONES
Right, the Captain and Ramsdell survive by sucking bone marrow from the dead.
RESCUED
Left, on 18th February, 1821 you are rescued by the ship, the Indian. Pollard and Ramsdell are found 5 days later.
Based on the book, You Wouldn't Want to Sail on a 19th-Century Whaling Ship!
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