CNN -- In an instance of truth being stranger than fiction, American author Herman Melville turned to a horrifying ordeal as inspiration for his 19th-century classic "Moby-Dick. In , the Nantucket, Massachusetts, whaling vessel Essex was rammed and sunk in the South Pacific by a sperm whale. George Pollard Jr. The sea truly must have been Pollard's mistress, for he took command of another whaler.
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Iron and ceramic scraps from the Nantucket whaling ship known as Two Brothers were located in shallow waters nearly miles km from Honolulu in the remote chain of islands and atolls that make up the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The discovery was announced on Friday by researchers from the U. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which led the initial expedition to the wreck and subsequent explorations of the site during the past two years. The ship, which struck a reef and foundered in , 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 immortalised in Melville's novel "Moby-Dick.
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