Barzillai Ray

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Barzillai Ray

Birthplace: Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: January 1821 (19) (lost at sea)
Immediate Family:

Son of David Ray and Anna Ray
Brother of Lydia Ray; Anna Ray; Peleg Ray; Unknown Ray; Frederick Ray and 2 others

Managed by: Nancy D. Coon
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About Barzillai Ray

Barzilla Ray was a sailor on the "Essex" that was struck by a whale and sank. He was on one of the three whaleboats that had left the "Essex" after it began to sink on Nov. 20, 1820. He died at sea on Feb 11, 1921. HIs crew members were finally rescued by an English ship on the 89th day after they had left the sunken "Essex."

Philbrick, Nathaniel, "In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Esex", Harmondsworth, England: The Viking Penquin Press, 2000.

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Barzillai Ray's Timeline

November 19, 1801
Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, United States
January 1821
Age 19