- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: November 27, 2000
Moby-Dick, Herman Melville's masterpiece, builds to an extraordinary climax--when the Pequod is rammed and sunk by the great white whale. Inspiration for this scene came to Melville from a story that was well-known in the 19th century--the tragedy of the whaleship Essex.
In 1820, the Essex shipped out from Nantucket for a years-long journey to the whaling grounds in the South Pacific. Almost immediately, the ship was struck by bad luck, floundering in a gale. It was an omen of more disasters to come.
THE ESSEX draws on the accounts of two survivors and the research of scholars to bring the incredible story of the doomed ship to life, recounting the attack of a bull sperm whale that sank the ship and recording the travails of the crew, which attempted to buck prevailing winds and currents in a desperate attempt to sail to safety in three small whaleboats. The handful who survived did so by reverting to the "law of the sea."
The story was as well-known in the 19th century as the saga of the Titanic is today, and it remains one of the most harrowing episodes in the maritime history.