Meet the Modern Day Jonah Who Survived After Swallowed By A Sperm Whale - Factboyz.com
Connect with us

Article

Meet the Modern Day Jonah Who Survived After Swallowed By A Sperm Whale

We might have wondered; what are the chances of survival when swallowed by a huge whale in the sea or ocean as the case may be. Well, you might have thought that could have never happened as you do not believe in all these stories told by the Bible and the Quran; but what if we told you that something of this nature happened not too long ago(its actually about 200 years ago)

Published

on

By

We might have wondered; what are the chances of survival when swallowed by a huge whale in the sea or ocean as the case may be. Well, you might have thought that could have never happened as you do not believe in all these stories told by the Bible and the Quran; but what if we told you that something of this nature happened not too long ago(its actually about 200 years ago) In this new article by factboyz, we bring to you the man who we can refer to as the modern day Jonah. For those of us who are conversant with bible stories, we must have read how Jonah was swallowed by a large whale where he spent three days at its belly. Today’s Jonah had a different name James Bartley.

It’s said in 1891 he was indeed swallowed by a whale, but the whale died, and the man was found alive inside its stomach. This unbelievable story was widely reported in the British and American press at the time.

Image: https://alchetron.com/James-Bartley

One British media outlet ran the headline, “Rescue of a Modern Jonah” while many America newspapers also ran the story.

Bartley, was a sailor on the British ship, Star of the East. During their long trip the crew saw a large whale swimming off the coast of the Falkland Islands in South America. The lookout spotted a huge sperm whale half a mile off the port bow and gave the cry ‘There she blows!’ The ship’s sails were slackened and soon her small boats were lowered. A deadly race began between the Star of the East and the immense whale.

ALSO READ  Top 10 Most Humble People in the Bible

They dropped a couple of boats and were adequately armed with harpoons ready to hunt down the beast. Unfortunately, the little boats were no match for the massive whale and it tipped them, although it had been hit with two harpoons and was mortally injured, already at the mercy of the overzealous sailors. Following the boats misfortune, most crew members were rescued, with one drowned and another who went missing, and presumed drowned. The missing one was our dear modern-day Jonah Mr Bartley.

Within a few hours the now dead whale was pulled alongside the whaling ship. Soon the crew began cutting it up and retrieving the fat. The quite tiresome job took up the rest of the day, and a good part of the night, and then work resumed about noon the next day. However, it was on the second day that something strange was discovered; as the stomach was freed and torn apart, it was brought to the deck for rendering, and something bulging was noticed with the sign of life! When the stomach was fully cut open, they discovered the missing sailor James Bartley who was curled up and shockingly alive, though just barely as this was thirty-six hours after he went missing.

ALSO READ  10 Things You Should Know About the 1897 British Invasion of Benin

He was laid down on the deck and splashed with sea water to reinstate his consciousness. The whale’s gastric juices had bleached Bartley’s face and wrinkled them. It is reported that he was kept in the captain’s cabin for two weeks where he recovered fully.

 

According to Bartley, he remembered being thrown from the boat and into the water, where he suddenly felt darkness and found himself slipping along a smooth passage that seemed to move and carry him down.

He continued by saying he came to an area with more room in it, and was able to reach around, feeling the walls and noticing its slimy nature. He quickly realized he had been swallowed. Air was sure enough for him, but the stomach was terribly hot and this drained his energy; sure enough to make him pass out. The next thing he was very sure of was waking in the captain’s cabin.

This story is hard to believe as it seems to be straight out of a Children’s fiction storybook but He’d apparently survived 36 hours inside the whale and this is how the newspapers reported it.

For close to 16 years, no one challenged this story and it was considered proof for the biblical story of Jonah; however it is reported that the captain’s wife on November 27, 1906, wrote to A.Lukyn Williams (who was on a quest to make some basic inquiries with the hope of getting a statement from the captain of the Star of the East concerning the incident) from Yarmouth (Nova Scotia):

ALSO READ  Coloured Photographs From Across History (photos)

 

“My husband asked me to write. There is not one word of truth in the whole whale story. I was with my husband all the years he was in the Star of the East. There was never a man lost overboard while my husband was in her. The sailor has told a great sea-yarn. I wish, if it is not too much trouble, to send us one of the papers with the yarn in.”

When letter was made public, skeptics quickly jumped on the letter disapproving the event ever happened but these key questions arise from all these;

  1. Why didn’t Captain Killam make this statement at the time of the original reports, when newspapers were claiming he supported Bartley’s story?
  2. If Killam originally supported the story, why had he changed his mind?

In a 2012 article for Salon, reporter Ben Shattuck diligently researched over the records at the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library. However, despite his extensive research at one of the most comprehensive whaling archives here on earth; he failed to find a single report of anyone ever being swallowed alive by a whale. But what do you think?

Let us know in the comments

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Advertisement

Biographies/Net worth

Biography17 hours ago

Lawrence Okolie Biography, Age, Wife, Net worth, Nigerian

Lawrence Okolie Biography Lawrence Okolie Biography – Lawrence Okolie (born December 16, 1992) is a British professional boxer who has...

Lawrence Okolie Net worth Lawrence Okolie Net worth
Biography17 hours ago

Lawrence Okolie Net worth

Lawrence Okolie Net worth Lawrence Okolie Net worth – British Boxer Lawrence Okolie has an estimated net worth of $3...

Shelley Ross Biography Shelley Ross Biography
Biography1 day ago

Shelley Ross Biography, Age, Husband, Net worth

Shelley Ross Biography Shelley Ross Biography – Shelley Ross is a television executive producer from the United States. She was...

Shelley Ross Net worth Shelley Ross Net worth
Biography1 day ago

Shelley Ross Net worth and Husband

Shelley Ross Net worth Shelley Ross Net worth – Shelly Rose has an estimated net worth of $2 million. She...

Biography2 days ago

Kelly Price Net worth

Kelly Price Net worth Kelly Price Net worth – Kelly Price has an estimated net worth of $2 million. The...

Kelly Price Biography Kelly Price Biography
Biography2 days ago

Kelly Price Biography, Missing, Net worth

Kelly Price Biography Kelly Price Biography – Kelly Price (born April 4, 1973) is an R&B and gospel singer and...

Gabby Petito Gabby Petito
Biography2 days ago

Gabby Petito Net worth

Gabby Petito Net worth Gabby Petito Net worth – Gabby Petito has an estimated net worth of $40,000. She is...

Biography2 days ago

Gabby Petito Biography, Age, Career, Parents

Gabby Petito Biography – Gabby Petito (March 19, 1999 – August 27, 2021))is an American woman who became well known following...

Biography3 days ago

Roger Michell Net worth, Cause of Death, Wife, Biography

Roger Michell Net worth Roger Michell Net worth – Roger Michell has an estimated net worth of $60 million. His...

Biography3 days ago

Basil Hoffman Cause of Death, Wife, Biography

Basil Hoffman Cause of Death Basil Hoffman Cause of Death – Basil Hoffman cause of death has not been revealed...

Biography3 days ago

Basil Hoffman Net worth 2021

Basil Hoffman Net worth 2021 Basil Hoffman Net worth 2021 – Basil Hoffman has an estimated net worth of around...

Biography4 days ago

Melvin Van Peebles Cause of Death, Wife, Net worth

Melvin Van Peebles Cause of Death Melvin Van Peebles Cause of Death – Melvin Van Peebles Cause of Death was...

Willie Garson Cause Of Death Willie Garson Cause Of Death
Biography4 days ago

Willie Garson Cause Of Death, Wife, Net worth, Religion

Willie Garson Cause Of Death Willie Garson Cause Of Death – Willie Garson cause of death is Pancreatic cancer. He...

Brian Laundrie Biography Brian Laundrie Biography
Biography4 days ago

Brian Laundrie Biography, Age, Parents, Siblings, Religion

Brian Laundrie Biography Brian Laundrie Biography – Brian Laundrie is an American artist and content creator who is well known...

Brian Laundrie Brian Laundrie
Biography4 days ago

Brian Laundrie Net worth

Brian Laundrie Net worth Brian Laundrie Net worth – Brian Laundrie has an estimated net worth of $200,000. His family...

Susan Crapo Susan Crapo
Biography4 days ago

Susan Crapo Biography, Mike Crapo (Wife) Age, Net worth

Susan Crapo Biography, Mike Crapo (Wife) Age, Net worth Susan Crapo Biography – Susan Crapo is the wife of Mike...

Biography5 days ago

Richard Buckley Illness, Bio, Wiki, Age, Cause of Death

Richard Buckley Illness Richard Buckley Illness – Richard Buckley was diagnosed with cancer in 1988 and had his HIV test...

Richard Buckley Net worth Richard Buckley Net worth
Biography5 days ago

Richard Buckley Net worth

Richard Buckley Net worth Richard Buckley Net worth – Richard Buckley has an estimated net worth of $20 million. Richard...

Biography5 days ago

Kate Miller-Heidke Net worth

Kate Miller-Heidke Net worth Kate Miller-Heidke Net worth – Kate Miller-Heidke has an estimated net worth of $2 million. The...

Biography5 days ago

Cliff Obrecht Net worth Forbes 2021

Cliff Obrecht Net worth Forbes Cliff Obrecht Net worth – Cliff Obrecht has an estimated net worth of $2.0 billion...

Linda Mtoba Net worth Linda Mtoba Net worth
Biography5 days ago

Linda Mtoba Net worth

Linda Mtoba Net worth Linda Mtoba Net worth – Linda Mtoba has an estimated net worth of $500,000. She is...

Biography5 days ago

Zola Nombona Net worth

Zola Nombona Net worth Zola Nombona Net worth – Zola Nombona has an estimated net worth of $500,000. The talented...

Biography5 days ago

Risikat Ajoke Adegeye Biography, Age, Net worth, Death

Risikat Ajoke Adegeye Biography Risikat Ajoke Adegeye Biography – Risikat Ajoke Adegeye is a Nigerian politician who is well known...

AJ Net worth AJ Net worth
Biography5 days ago

AJ Johnson Net Worth 2021 and Cause of Death, Wife

AJ Johnson Net Worth 2021 AJ Johnson Net Worth 2021 – AJ Johnson had an estimated net worth of $500,000....

Biography7 days ago

Nafisat Abdullahi Biography, Age, Net worth, Husband

Nafisat Abdullahi Biography Nafisat Abdullahi Biography – Nafisat Abdullahi is a Nigerian actress, producer, director, and businesswoman who was born...

Obadiah Mailafia Biography Obadiah Mailafia Biography
Biography1 week ago

Obadiah Mailafia Biography, Wife, Cause of Death, Age

Obadiah Mailafia Biography Obadiah Mailafia Biography – Obadiah Mailafia was a Nigerian development economist, international polymath, and central banker who...

P Daniel Olawande Biography P Daniel Olawande Biography
Biography1 week ago

P Daniel Olawande Biography, Age, Wife, Net worth

P Daniel Olawande Biography – P Daniel Olawande (born August 8, 1991) is a Nigerian Pastor, Evangelist and preacher who...

Biography1 week ago

Anya Longwell Biography/Wiki, Age, Net worth, Husband

Anya Longwell Biography Anya Longwell Biography/Wiki – Anya Longwell is an American model and actress best known for her roles...

Biography1 week ago

Siphesihle Ndaba Biography, Age, Net worth, Boyfriend

Siphesihle Ndaba Biography Siphesihle Ndaba Biography – Siphesihle Ndaba is a South African actress who is best known for her...

Zola Nombona Biography Zola Nombona Biography
Biography1 week ago

Zola Nombona Biography, Age, Net worth, Husband

Zola Nombona Biography Zola Nombona Biography – Zola Nombona (born March 10, 1992) is a South African actress who rose...

Linda Mtoba Biography Linda Mtoba Biography
Biography1 week ago

Linda Mtoba Biography, Age, Net worth, Husband

Linda Mtoba Biography Linda Mtoba Biography – Linda Mtoba (born November 11, 1991) is a South African Multi award winning...

Biography1 week ago

Kate Miller-Heidke Biography, Age, Net worth, Songs

Kate Miller-Heidke Biography Kate Miller-Heidke Biography – Kate Miller-Heidke is an Australian singer-songwriter and actor who was born on November...

Abu Abel Biography Abu Abel Biography
Biography1 week ago

Abu Abel Egbarin Biography, Age, Net worth, Record Label

Abu Abel Biography Abu Abel Biography – Abu Abel Egbarin, better known by his stage name Abu Abel, is a...

Biography1 week ago

Jeremy Lynch Net Worth (Updated 2021)

Jeremy Lynch Net worth Jeremy Lynch Net Worth – Jeremy Lynch has an estimated net worth of $2 million. He...

Jane Powell Net worth 2021 Jane Powell Net worth 2021
Biography1 week ago

Jane Powell Net worth, Cause of Death, Movies, Husband

Jane Powell Net worth 2021 Jane Powell Net worth 2021 – Jane Powell had an estimated net worth of $12...

Daniella Paul Enenche Biography Daniella Paul Enenche Biography
Biography2 weeks ago

Daniella Paul Enenche Biography, Age, Education

Daniella Paul Enenche Biography Daniella Paul Enenche Biography – Daniella Paul Enenche is the second daughter of Pastor Paul and...

Yonggi Cho Biography Yonggi Cho Biography
Biography2 weeks ago

Yonggi Cho Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Net worth

Yonggi Cho Biography Yonggi Cho Biography – Yonggi Cho, sometimes known as Paul Yungi Cho, was a South Korean Christian...

Biography2 weeks ago

George Wein Cause of Death, Net worth, Wife and Biography

George Wein Cause of Death George Wein Cause of Death – George Wein, 95, died in his New York City...

Biography2 weeks ago

Gable Tostee Tinder, Biography, Age, Wikipedia Now 2021

Gable Tostee (born 1984) is an Australian man who became famous after being blamed for the death of Warriena Wright...

Biography2 weeks ago

Mamady Doumbouya Wife Biography

Mamady Doumbouya Wife Biography Mamady Doumbouya Wife is a French woman who is married to Guinean elite soldier and leader...

Trending

error: Content is protected !!