Dec

31

 I saw this movie about the sinking of the Essex in 1820.

In the movie portrayal, Owen Chase, an experienced seaman and proven leader, was passed over for the captaincy by the ship's owners in favor of George Pollard, who was inexperienced but the scion of a prominent whaling family.

Mr. Chase settled for the position of first mate and frequently found himself in disagreement with Mr. Pollard's decisions. They were like an "ill-married couple" in the narration by the character playing Thomas Nickerson.

I don't know how much of the preceding is fact versus dramatic license, but there might be lessons in decision making when a desire to please others conflicts with the merits of a situation and in lack of harmony among leadership.


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