In November 1820, the sinking of the Essex whaling ship and the survival of part of its crew moved the US. A year earlier the ship had sailed from Nantucket, starting a new whaling campaign that should last two and a half years through the South Pacific.
Captained by Captain George Pollard, the Essex whaling ship was attacked by a large whale, ramming it several times until it was shipwrecked 3,700 km off the coast of South America. Of the 21 crew members, only eight were rescued.
Herman Melville was inspired by this tragic shipwreck to write Moby Dick, one of the great works of universal literature. The title of the work was taken from the name of a real whale: “Mocha Dick”, which was sighted in the 19th century near Mocha Island, in southern Chile.
The kit features laser-cut parts for the framework, and double plank-on-bulkhead hull construction for ease of build. High quality wood strips are provided for hull and deck planking, wooden dowels for masts and yards, and a full set of fittings in wood, brass, and cast metal, as well as a sheet of photo-etched brass detail parts. The kit also includes colorful flag, rigging cord, display cradle, and a full set of pre-sewn sails. A pictorial instruction book and plans sheets make for an easy to understand build.