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Even when you know all the secrets you will hear about those in a minute , you can still never be quite sure whether it is a witch you are gazing at or just a kind lady. He was transferred to Pollard's boat and shortly thereafter died. Obed Hendricks was given command of Joy's boat, and the three boats sailed on until during a gale one night Chase's boat became separated from the other two.

By 20 January a crew member, Lawson Thomas, died just as the boats of Pollard and Hendricks had come to the end of their provisions. It was at this point that to survive their ordeal the men resorted to cannibalism. As other crew members died their bodies were eaten in turn until only four men were left alive on Pollard's boat. One of them, Charles Ramsdell proposed that lots should be drawn to determine who should be killed so that the rest might survive.

Pollard at first resisted this suggestion but then gave in to the majority. The lot fell to his cousin Owen Coffin and lots were drawn again to determine who would be Coffin's executioner.

Ramsdell drew the black spot and Coffin was shot and his remains eaten. There they were reunited with the survivors of Chase's boat, Chase himself, Benjamin Lawrence and Thomas Nickerson , cabin boy of the Essex, who had been rescued by the British merchant ship Indian. Upon his return to Nantucket on 5 August aboard the whaleship Two Brothers , Pollard had to face Nancy Bunker Coffin, who was distraught at the idea that Pollard was alive as a consequence of her son's death.

Pollard was given command of the whaleship Two Brothers that had brought him home, and this voyage also ended in disaster when the ship ran into rocks off French Frigate Shoals and sank.

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This ended Pollard's whaling career. He made a single voyage in a merchant vessel and then spent the rest of his life as a night watchman on Nantucket. Herman Melville is quoted by the Nantucket Historical Association as having said of Pollard, "To the islanders he was a nobody. This was published soon after the return of the survivors, and was an inspiration for the Herman Melville classic, Moby-Dick His manuscript was lost for nearly a century, but was discovered, authenticated and published in The source material for Moby Dick found itself an inspiration for movie adaptations in the mids as two of them were released in quick succession, and in which George Pollard himself became portrayed.

Pollard was played by Adam Rayner.


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