Attack on the Essex
The sinking of the Essex, a whaling ship out of Nantucket, Massachusetts, was the inspiration for Herman Melville's Moby Dick.
Illustration by Thomas Nickerson, courtesy the Nantucket Historical Association
suitable or good enough.
ability to move quickly, easily, and with flexibility.
thick layer of fat under the skin of marine mammals.
organism that eats the meat of members of its own species.
substances applied to the body to make it appear more attractive.
to meet, especially unexpectedly.
group of ships, usually organized for military purposes.
water that is not salty.
long, sharp tool mostly used for hunting whales and large ocean fish.
event or happening.
to influence to act.
body of land surrounded by water.
substance (such as grease or oil) used to reduce friction.
profitable or money-making.
mechanical appliances or tools used in manufacturing.
fictional narrative or story.
slippery, greasy liquid that is usually flammable and does not mix with water. Oils can be processed from plants, animal fats, minerals, and man-made substances.
group of whales or dolphins.
total number of people or organisms in a particular area.
place on a body of water where ships can tie up or dock and load and unload cargo.
completely or extremely.
to shove or push forcefully.
to lower or lessen.
to make more pure or clean.
vehicle on flat runners, pulled by animals and used for transport across snow or ice.
long journey or trip.
industry of hunting whales.