Whaling Vessel Found

Date: 1/2/2011

Marine archeologists off Hawaii found the sunken remains of a 19th-century whaling vessel skippered by a captain whose ordeal from an earlier shipwreck inspired the Herman Melville classic ‘Moby-Dick.’ Iron and ceramic scraps from the Nantucket whaling ship Two Brothers were located nearly 965 km from Honolulu in the remote chain of islands and atolls that make up the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The ship, which struck a reef and foundered in 1823, was skippered by Captain George Pollard Jr. Two years earlier, Pollard commanded another ship that was rammed by a whale and sank in the South Pacific in a saga immortalized in Melvilles 1851 novel ‘Moby-Dick.’

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