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Whale Destroying Whaling Ship

Although the attack on the Essex was the first-known disaster of a whale fatally attacking a whaling ship, the event happened again—at least three times in later years—to the following vessels:

  • The ship Pocahontas of Tisbury (in 1850);
  • The ship Ann Alexander of New Bedford (in 1851); and
  • The bark Kathleen of New Bedford (in 1902).

In each of these four disasters, there was at least one common element: The attack was by a sperm whale who rammed the vessel with its head.  

This watercolor on paper, created by an unnamed artist from the American School around 1875, depicts a “Whale Destroying Whaling Ship.”

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5189stories and lessons created

Original Release: Dec 24, 2015

Updated Last Revision: Nov 16, 2016


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"Whale Destroying Whaling Ship," a watercolor-on-paper, circa 1875, was painted by an unnamed artist from the American School.

 

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