The whalerEssex he left the American island of Nantucket on August 12, 1819. He is rather small to hunt the sperm whale – 30 meters long for 238 tons – and his young captain of 29 years is named George Pollard Jr. It is already fifteen months that They are at sea. On the 20th of November, 1820, at about eight o'clock in the morning, the watchman points out a group of whales. "There, they blow! He yells. Jerks down and fights on board. The sails are hoisted in the minute to run on cetaceans. The animals in the process of sporting do not pay attention to the ship which stops at eight hundred meters.