The Two Brothers, a Nantucket whaler which sank in the Pacific in 1823 has been found. The captain also helmed The Essex, another whaler whose sinking inspired Moby Dick.
In the early 19th century, whaling voyages often took two years or more. The Two Brothers set sail from Nantucket in November 1821. By winter 1822, the ship had rounded the tip of South America. The crew was on its way to newly discovered whaling grounds near Japan when tragedy struck in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
Before departing, Pollard had said he believed “lightning never strikes in the same place twice,” according to Gleason. Yet on the night of February 11, 1823, the Two Brothers hit a shallow reef and quickly broke apart in the heavy surf.
Story: Ker Than, National Geographic News | Photo: Tane Casserly, NOAA