Thursday, June 23, 7 pm: David Dowling, “Surviving the Essex: The Afterlife of America’s Most Storied Shipwreck”

Surviving the EssexThe Essexthe famous shipwreck that inspired Moby Dick—and its aftermath is a captivating story of a ship’s crew battered by whale attack, broken by four months at sea, and forced—out of necessity—to make meals of their fellow survivors. Dowling delves into the ordeal’s submerged history—the survivors’ lives, ambitions and motives, their pivotal actions during the desperate moments of the wreck itself, and their will to reconcile those actions and their consequences.

This lecture sponsored by Martha’s Vineyard Savings BankMarthas Vineyard Savings logo