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  • Seth Weeks (1803 - 1887)
  • Charles Ramsdell (1804 - 1866)
    Charles Ramsdell served as a Captain aboard the ship "General Jackson" sometime in the 1840's. Charles is very likely the young seaman recently immortalized by the book "The Heart of the Sea" which chr...
  • Captain Benjamin Lawrence (1799 - 1879)
    Benjamin was the boatsteerer on the "Essex" the whaling ship that was rammed and sunk by a whale in 1820.Philbrick, Nathaniel, "In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the WHaleship Essex", Viking Peng...
  • Barzillai Ray (1801 - 1821)
    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 ...
  • Obed Hendrix (Hendricks/Hendrick) (1799 - 1821)
    Obed was a boatsteerer on the whaling vessel, the "Essex." He was lost at sea after leaving the sunken vessel that had been struck by a sperm whale.Philbrick, Nathaniel, "In the Heart of the Sea: The T...

The Essex was an American whaleship from Nantucket, Massachusetts. The ship, captained by George Pollard, Jr., was widely known for being attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the southern Pacific Ocean in 1820 – an incident that served as inspiration for Herman Melville's 1851 novel, Moby-Dick.

Crew of the Essex


George Pollard, Jr.

First Mate

Owen Chase

Second Mate

Matthew Joy


Thomas Chappel Obed Hendrix (Hendricks/Hendrick)Captain Benjamin Lawrence


William Bond †


Owen Coffin † Isaac Cole † Henry De Witt* Richard Peterson † Charles Ramsdell Barzillai Ray † Samuel Reed † Isaiah Sheppard † Charles Shorter † Lawson Thomas † Seth Weeks Joseph West † William Wright

Cabin Boy

Thomas Nickerson

  1. Mountain live: "Nantucket Sleighride (to Owen Coffin)" on youtube