Owen Chase (1797 - 1869) MP

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Birthplace: Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Whaling captain; author
Managed by: Erica Isabel Howton, (c)
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About Owen Chase

Owen Chase (1798 - 1869) of Nantucket sought a traditional career as a whaling captain. However, at age 22, while serving as first mate of the Essex, his ship was sunk in a horrific, unprecedented attack by a sperm whale. Chase's short account of the attack (thought by some to be ghost-written) captivated the nation and inspired Melville, forming the basis of Moby Dick.

Later in his life Chase began hiding food in the attic of his Nantucket house on Orange Street and was eventually institutionalized.

"I was aroused with the cry of a man at the hatchway, "Here he is - he is making for us again." I turned around, and saw him about one hundred rods directly ahead of us, coming down apparently with twice his ordinary speed, and to me at that moment, it appeared with tenfold fury and vengeance in his aspect."

Family

  • parents: Judah Chase b. 26 Mar 1764, d. 23 Jul 1846 & Phebe Meader d. 18 Apr 1808
  • Family 1: Peggy Gardner b. 1798, d. 24 Sep 1824. aughter of George Gardner and Judith Gardner, circa 1819; His 1st wife. Children: Phebe Ann Chase+ b. 16 Apr 1820, d. 27 Dec 1904; Lydia G. Chase+ b. 1822, d. 2 Dec 1871; William H. Chase+ b. 14 Sep 1824
  • Family 2: Nancy Slade b. 30 Dec 1798, d. 11 Jul 1833. daughter of Benjamin Slade and Rhoda Coleman, circa 1825; "Owen m. ...Nancy wid. of Matthew Joy." "No chn." Child: Adaline Chase+ b. 2 Jul 1834, d. 27 Feb 1918
  • Family 3: Eunice Chadwick b. 28 Aug 1808, d. 20 Apr 1888. daughter of William Chadwick and Deborah Brown, after 1833. Child: Charles F. Chase b. 17 Jan 1838
  • Family 4: Susan Coffin b. 25 Aug 1807, d. 31 Oct 1881. daughter of Jesse Coffin and Phebe Rawson, after 17 January 1838; "Owen m. ...also Susan, wid. of James Gwinn." "No chn."

References

  1. Chase, Owen (1821). Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-Ship Essex. New York: W. B. Gilley. OCLC 12217894. Also in Heffernan, Thomas Farel, Stove by a whale: Owen Chase and the Essex, Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press ; New York : distributed by Columbia University Press, 1981.
  2. Chase, Owen (1999). Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-Ship Essex. New York: Lyons Press. ISBN 1-55821-878-5. OCLC 12217894.
  3. Philbrick, Nathaniel (2001). In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-100182-8. OCLC 46949818.

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Capt. Owen Chase's Timeline

1797
1797
Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States
1819
1819
Age 22
Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States
1820
April 16, 1820
Age 23
Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States
1822
1822
Age 25
1824
September 14, 1824
Age 27
1825
1825
Age 28
Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States
1833
July 2, 1833
Age 36
1833
Age 36
Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States
1838
January 17, 1838
Age 41
Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States
January 17, 1838
Age 41
Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States