By Michael Innes

Appleby's finish was once the identify of the station the place Detective Inspector John Appleby bought off the teach from Scotland backyard. yet that was once no longer the single twist of fate. every thing that occurred from then on similar again to tales through Ranulph Raven, Victorian novelist—animals have been changed through marble effigies, somebody obtained a tombstone telling him whilst he may die, and a servant was once chanced on buried as much as his neck in snow, lifeless. Why did Ranulph Raven's mysterious descendants make one of these aspect of inviting Appleby to spend the evening at their condominium?

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In October 1820 the Essex reaches its main hunting ground – 1,500 nautical miles (2,780km) west of the Galapagos Islands. At the end of December 1820 the men reach land on Henderson Island. Finding little water there, they are forced to travel on. Three men remain on the island voluntarily and are later rescued. The castaways just miss Easter Island. The chances of an imminent rescue recede. EASTER ISLAND On 10th January 1821 the first sailor dies. TAHITI In the middle of January the three boats become separated.

After just three weeks the once healthy men have become eczemaridden skeletons, with bushy hair and beards. Worryingly, they are no longer able to row. If that wasn’t enough, there’s a dearth of plankton in the part of the Pacific where they find themselves, meaning there are very few fish to catch. Nevertheless, Owen Chase forces himself to write a few lines a day. “Thirst is one of the most terrible things that a man can experience,” his journal says. ” After three weeks in the boat Chase looks around and realises that the men will begin to die in the next few days.

HISTORY NANTUCKET AZORES Shortly after leaving the Essex is damaged during a storm. CAPE VERDE 8th October 1820, the last supply stop. HOOD ISLAND In the spring of 1820 the Essex begins hunting sperm whales. The Essex stops for supplies. On 18th February 1821 the boat containing First Mate Chase and two other men is rescued. On 23rd February 1821 the boat containing Pollard and another man is rescued. 57 BLOODY BUSINESS Slaying whales was not for the fainthearted. The harpooner had to ram his lance into the body of the whale dozens of times in order to kill it (below).

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