Slater Museum Director Vivian Zoë to present an introductory talk on Norwich’s whaling captain Thomas Davis Winship.
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. “In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.
The William B. Stanley Lecture Series honors Stanley’s passion for his city’s rich history by featuring an annual lecture series relevant to the history of Norwich delivered by an eminent scholar. This year, the Norwich Historical Society is collaborating with Slater Memorial Museum to present a series of events on our featured topic: The Thames River and Norwich Harbor.
Free and open to the public. Pre-registration not necessary. Please call 860.425.5563 for more information.