Stove by a Whale: 20 Men, 3 Boats, 96 Days
Nantucket Historical Association: Whaling Museum
Opened in May 2015, “Stove by a Whale: 20 Men, 3 Boats, 96 Days” is an exhibition about the sinking of the whaleship Essex by a sperm whale in 1820. The 20 crew men survived the whale but were forced to fend for themselves in the vast Pacific Ocean with just 3 whaleboats and limited supplies.
The exhibit features the only surviving artifacts, a life-sized whaleboat that visitors can board and sit in; and character cards portraying Essex crew members. Props from director Ron Howard’s film “In the Heart of the Sea,” which is being released in December 2015 and is based on Nat Philbrick’s National Book Award winning book of the same name, are on loan from Warner Brothers.
Fabrication and Installation
Photography by Jeff Allen, courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association