Marine archaeologists at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration have found the sunken wreck of the Two Brothers - the second whaling ship helmed by George Pollard, Jr. Pollard had previously been the captain of the Essex, which sunk after being attacked by a sperm whale. The sinking of the Essex was the inspiration for Melville's Moby-Dick.
After the Essex sunk, Pollard and his men drifted around the Pacific for weeks, eventually resorting to cannibalism - Pollard ate his own cousin. Incredibly, he went back out to sea, only to have his second ship run afoul of a reef off the coast of Hawaii, where it was discovered this week. More here, from the Globe's Beth Daley.
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