“Call me Ishmael” – these are perhaps the most famous and recognizable words in the history of American Literature. However, they had nothing to do with the Pequod; the ship that went down due to the actions of the White Whale, Moby Dick. The true story can be found in the story of the Essex – an American whaler from Nantucket, Massachusetts, launched in 1799. After many successful voyages she departed Nantucket on the 12th of August 1819; never to return. Join Barnes and find out what happened!