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‘Moby Dick’ Ship Found, Two Brothers Still Has Harpoons

February 14, 2011

In the midst of the truly disturbing things happening in the world comes this news about the discovery of the vessel  Two Brothers made famous in ” Moby Dick”. 


The remains of the vessel, the Two Brothers, was found in shallow waters off Hawaii.

Captain George Pollard was the skipper when the ship hit a coral reef and sank in 1823.

His previous ship, the Essex, had been rammed by a whale and also sank, providing the narrative for the book.

The remains of the Two Brothers were found by researchers from America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa), about 600 miles (965 km) north-west of Honolulu in the remote chain of islands and atolls.

The wooden vessel has disintegrated in the warm waters, but the researchers found harpoons, a hook for stripping whales of their blubber and cauldrons used to turn whale blubber into oil.

“To find the physical remains of something that seems to have been lost to time is pretty amazing,” said Nathaniel Philbrick, an author and historian, who has been researching the Two Brothers, the Essex and their captain.

“It just makes you realise these stories are more than stories. They’re about real lives.”

One Comment
  1. Marion permalink
    February 14, 2011 1:45 PM

    Have they posted pictures yet of their find. Sure would be interesting like the Titanic ones.

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