Skip to Main Content

In the Heart of the Sea: Home


Cover image for In the Heart of the Sea

The spring 2013 One Book One Community selection is In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick. This page provides resources for more information about the history of Nantucket, and whaling

Find a book in your library

Find out more!

Search these databases to find out more about this period in Massachusetts history. A BSU login is required. Please ask a reference librarian if you need assistance. 


image of men in whale boats harpooning whale

These links provide additional background information to the history of whaling, and the whaleship Essex.

Whaling Museums

image of men in rowing in whale boat

Whaling Museums in New Bedford and Nantucket provide visitors with more information on the history of whaling.

The Bridgewater Public Library  has a Family Pass to the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Johnny Cake Hill. The pass admits 2 adults and 2 children at half-price.  To sign up to borrow the pass, call the library’s circulation desk at 508-697-3331.

Additional Reading


One Book One Community

One Book One Community logo

Lesson Plans

K-12 lesson plans created by Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan's students based on the whaleship Essex can be found here.

Children's Selections

Just for Fun!