Moby Dick movie poster.

The novel tells the story of American whale hunters in the mid 19th Century. It is based on a true story, that of the Essex, an American whaler that sank in 1820 following an attach by a harpooned sperm whale. In the 19th Century, sailors embarking on whaling expeditions were seen as fearless adventurers. They told stories of whales so big, they were thought to be desert islands!

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