At this point, many people know that the tragedy of the Exeter, a whaling ship out of Nantucket, was the inspiration for Moby Dick by Herman Melville. The Exeter was attacked by an 85ft long sperm whale and only 8 men survived the wreck and the ordeal afterwards.
The Youtube channel, Ask a Mortician, relates the entire saga of the Exeter and her crew in this video:
Why am I posting this? She actually is a mortician, looks the part and is part nutcase. This is a story that can only be told by a mortician.