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1 Druett, Joan In the Wake of Madness: the Murderous Voyage of the Whaleship Sharon
1565123476 / 9781565123472; After more than a century of silence, the story of one of history's most notorious mutinies is revealed in a true tale of murder and madness on the high seas. In May of 1841, the whaleship Sharon of Fairhaven, MA, set out for the whaling grounds of the northwestern Pacific. A year later, while most of the crew was out hunting, Captin Howes Norris remained at the helm with four crew members - three of them natives of the Pacific Islands. When the men in the whaleboats spied the Sharon's flag flying at half mast - a signal of distress - they headed back to the ship to discover their Captain brutually killed. His murderers, the Pacific Islanders, were covered with blood and brandishing weapons. Unless the crew could retake the Sharon, their prospects of survival were slim. The nearest land was hundreds of miles away. Dramatically and meticulously recreating the events, the author reveals a voyage filled with savagery and madness under the command of one of the most ruthless captains to sail the high seas. 292 pages, including notes, resources, and an extensive index. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Algonquin Books Of Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U. S. A., 2003, First Edition
Hardcover
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001734; 
Price: 11.04 USD
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The Way of a Ship: a Square-Rigger Voyage in the Last Days of Sail, Lundy, Derek
2 Lundy, Derek The Way of a Ship: a Square-Rigger Voyage in the Last Days of Sail
0066210127 / 9780066210124; When as a young man in the 1880s, Benjamin Lundy signed up for unimaginably hard duty aboard a square-rigged commercial sailing vessel - one destined for a treacherous, white-knuckle passage around that notorious "graveyard of ships, " Cape Horn - he had no idea that his experience would also provide a window into an epochal transition that would fundamentally change man's relation to the sea. A century later, Derek Lundy, an accomplished amateur seaman, set out to recount his forebear's journey. This is a mesmerizing account of Benjamin's life on board the square-rigger Beara Head, a remarkable reconstruction of a harrowing journey through the most dangerous waters, furling sails 150 feet aloft in heavy weather; enduring cold and danger; sleep-deprived and malnourished, at times half-starved; fighting each day to save the ship and his crewmates. In the process, Benjamin "learns the eternal lessons the sea, which is to say that he finds out the sort of man he is. " 352 pages. Black remainder mark on top of pages - 2" long. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
Ecco Press
New York, New York, U. S. A., 2003, First Edition
Hardcover
As New in As New dust jacket


001429; 
Price: 10.12 USD
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