<p>In 2008, 185 years after the Massachusetts whaling ship <em>Two Brothers</em> came to rest on a Hawaiian reef, its rusty anchor is measured by divers.</p><p><em>Two Brothers </em>was captained by George Pollard, Jr., whose only other whaling ship, the <em>Essex</em>, sank in 1820 after being rammed by a sperm whale—an incident that inspired Herman Melville's <em>Moby-Dick. <br></em></p><p><a id="mcff" title="Read the full story: &quot;Rare 1823 Wreck Found—Capt. Linked to &quot;Moby-Dick,&quot; Cannibalism.&quot;" href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news//2011/02/110211-two-brothers-whaling-ship-pollard-science-nantucket-noaa/">Read the full story: "Rare 1823 Wreck Found—Captain Linked to 'Moby-Dick,' Cannibalism."</a></p>

Two Brothers Found?

In 2008, 185 years after the Massachusetts whaling ship Two Brothers came to rest on a Hawaiian reef, its rusty anchor is measured by divers.

Two Brothers was captained by George Pollard, Jr., whose only other whaling ship, the Essex, sank in 1820 after being rammed by a sperm whale—an incident that inspired Herman Melville's Moby-Dick.

Read the full story: "Rare 1823 Wreck Found—Captain Linked to 'Moby-Dick,' Cannibalism."

Photograph courtesy Tane Casserley, NOAA

Pictures: 1823 Whaling Shipwreck Found in Hawaii

Nearly two centuries after it sank off a remote Hawaiian atoll, an 1800s whaling vessel that was a sister ship to the Essex, of Moby-Dick fame, has been rediscovered, blubber pots and all.

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