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Examine the American whaling industry from its 17th-century origins in drift and shore whaling off the coast of New England and Cape Cod, through the golden age of deep ocean whaling, the tragedy of the Essex, and the career of Moby Dick's Herman Melville, and on to its demise in the decades following the American Civil War.

  1. Ric Burns

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Willem Dafoe

    Willem Dafoe


  2. Robert Sean Leonard

    Robert Sean Leonard

    Herman Melville (voice)

  3. Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton

    Owen Chase & Peleg Folger (voice)

  4. Vincent Kartheiser

    Vincent Kartheiser

    Thomas Nickerson (voice)

  5. Callie Thorne

    Callie Thorne


  6. Philip Bosco

    Philip Bosco


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Into the Deep: America, Whaling & The World

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Original Language English

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