Monday, 14 February 2011
06:14:30 PM (GMT)
Marine archeologists off Hawaii have found the sunken remains of a 19th century
whaling vessel skippered by a captain whose ordeal from an earlier shipwreck inspired
the Herman Melville classic "Moby-Dick".
Iron and ceramic scraps from the Nantucket whaling ship known as Two Brothers were
located in shallow waters nearly 600 miles (965km) from Honolulu in the remote chain
of islands and atolls that make up the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
The discovery was announced on Friday by researchers from the U.S. National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration, which led the initial 2008 expedition to the wreck
and subsequent explorations of the site during the past two years.
The ship, which struck a reef and foundered in 1823, was skippered by Captain George
Two years earlier, Pollard commanded another ship that was rammed by a whale and sank
in the South Pacific in a saga immortalised in Melville's 1851 novel "Moby-Dick."
NOAA said this marks the first discovery of a sunken whaler from Nantucket,
Massachusetts, birthplace of a U.S. whaling industry that played a key role in
America's economic and political expansion into the Pacific.