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    Re: Movie: All is lost - revisited
    From: Don Seltzer
    Date: 2014 Aug 5, 12:23 -0400

    On Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 1:06 PM, Gary LaPook  wrote:
    > The book entitled "Heart of the Sea" was about the sinking of the whaling
    > ship Esssex by a a whale in 1820, the survivors resorted to cannibalism, and
    > formed the basis for "Moby Dick."
    There is an interesting navigational twist to the story.  One month
    and 1500 miles into their open boat voyage, the survivors stumbled
    across an uninhabited island.  Consulting their copy of Bowditch, they
    concluded it was Ducie Island (actually it was neighboring Henderson
    Island).  Their copy of Bowditch was not up to date.  It did not
    include a valuable discovery made six years earlier during the War of
    1812.  Two British frigates searching for another Essex, a war ship
    that wreaking havoc among the British Pacific whaling fleet, stumbled
    across Pitcairn Island and the English-speaking colony of the
    descendants of the Bounty mutineers.  By 1820, the information on the
    island and its location had probably made it into British navigation
    books but had yet to be picked up by Bowditch.
    Had the survivors known, they had just about a day's sail west and
    south to reach shelter, food, and water, and the subsequent
    cannibalism would have been avoided.
    Don Seltzer

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