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Divers find Essex captain’s other shipwreck

In the annals of the sea, there were few sailors who had worse luck than George Pollard Jr. Pollard was the captain of the Essex, the doomed Nantucket whaler whose demise, in 1820, came in a most unbelievable fashion: it was attacked and sunk by an angry sperm whale, an event that inspired Herman Melville to write "Moby-Dick."

Despite the loss of the ship, three months in a small boat and cannibalism on a remote island, Pollard survived and captained another ship.

That boat sank, too, and was recently found by divers in the South Pacific.

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