Captain George Pollard Jr.'s Two Brothers whaling boat that sunk February 11, 1823 has been discovered off the coast of Hawaii.
The whaler's earlier excursion into the sea on the whaling vessel The Essex was the inspiration for the American classic Moby Dick after it was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale.
Pollard and his surviving crew were lost at sea in 3 small boats for two months and even resorted to canibalism before being rescued.
The determined whaler from Nantucket, Massachusetts, the birthplace of America's whaling industry, returned to the sea aboard Two Brothers which sunk after hitting a shallow reef near Hawaii.
Luckily, the captain and his boys were only in the ocean for a day before being rescued for a second time.
Maritime heritage archaeologists, working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found the legendary whaler's Two Brothers shipwreck nearly 600 miles northwest of Honolulu.
In statement, the agency said:
"This rare archaeological discovery is the first discovery of a wrecked whaling ship from Nantucket, Mass., the birthplace of America's whaling industry."
Expeditions to the bottom of the sea yielded such artifacts as the large anchor of the ship, harpoon tips, cast-iron pots for melting whale blubber, and remains of the ships rigging.
Although the whale won in 1820 when encountering the whalers aboard the Essex, these creatures no longer have the tactical advantage and are being hunted and killed to the point of extinction.
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