Maritime casualties, calamities and catastrophes
by Graham Faiella
The constant dangers that deep-sea sailing ships and sailors of the late 19th century and early 20th century faced were numerous and this book recounts the true-life dramas of their perils and misfortunes – the battles that they waged, and all too often lost – against the hazards of the sea.
Life was tough for 19th century sailors in sail. Shipboard work was hard and routinely dangerous. Crew members were frequently maimed or even killed by the sea, or by any number of dangers they faced while working their ships. Sailors bore the extraordinary hardships as nothing more nor less than their duty to obey their captains and drive their ships to a safe port to discharge or take on cargoes.
Great disasters from around the world are featured including the Sir John Lawrence, Oncle Joseph, Ortigia, Princess Alice and Bywell Castle collision, Camorta, Utopia, Mohegan and the Stella.
From remarkable voyages, mutinies, hoaxes, curiosities and disease, to Cape Horn passages, collisions and castaways, this book has a fund of amazing tales to engross the reader.
I would highly recommend this book to our readers.
Published by:Whittles Publishing Dunbeath Mill Dunbeath Caithness KW6 6EG www.whittlespublishing.com
Paperback: 240mm x 170mm, 512 pp