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Sebastian Junger author of The Perfect Storm Brings alive the struggles of the Gloucester men at seas in the era of fishing under sail like no other book I've ever read....A wonderful, beautifully written book.

Mark Kurlansky author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World The only name I can think of that is more Gloucester than Howard Blackburn is Joe Garland. This is the great New England fishing legend definitively told.

Henry Beetle Hough The New York Times Book Review One of the most remarkable feats of survival in the history of seafaring....It is one for all whose interest runs to the never-ending conflict between man and the sea.

Richard Adams Carey author of Against the Tide: The Fate of the New England Fisherman Howard Blackburn is legendary even today among North Atlantic fishermen, and Joe Garland's lyrical book reveals the even more astonishing man behind the legend. A terrific read: brisk, poetic, and full of the sea.

About the Author

Joseph E. Garland, a former newspaperman, has written extensively on social, maritime and medical history, including thirteen books about Gloucester and Boston's North Shore and some 350 columns in the Gloucester Daily Times. A longtime sailor, he and his wife, Helen, live on the Eastern Point shore of Gloucester's outer harbor.
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Product Details

  • Series: Extraordinary Adventures of Howard Blackburn
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Rev Sub edition (July 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684872633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684872636
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Though I live in Gloucester and have spent a good many evenings in Howard Blackburn's establishment with his pictures and newspaper articles hanging on the walls, I only recently discovered this book. What a wonderful adventure! The first chapter, which tells the story of the fishing trip during which Blackburn lost his fingers and toes, sets the stage well for the rest of the adventure. And what an adventure it is! Here in Gloucester they talk of the days of "iron men in wooden ships" and Blackburn was the toughest and most indomitable of all those iron men. After surviving the trip that opens the book, he goes on to start his famous tavern in Gloucester, cross the Atlantic twice on his own, sail around Cape Horn and up the Pacific Coast bound for the Klondike, and undertake a perfectly fascinating trip up the Hudson River, through the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes and down the Mississippi.

Because I wrote a book based in the seafaring history of Lake Erie I was particularly gratified to read that Blackburn wrote that of all the waters he ever crossed he considered Lake Erie to have been the worst --- even worse than the Grand Banks in the Atlantic.

Author Joe Garland is well known both as a historian and a sailor and both those skills are well used in the telling of this tale. This is an extraordinary story of an extraordinary man told by an extraordinary writer. What more does a reader want?
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After having read The Perfect Storm, I was interested in other stories about the fishermen of the Gloucester area. This book fit the bill perfectly--just as harrowing as The Perfect Storm, but with a happier ending.
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I found an old copy of this book and read it a year ago. An incredible true story. I`m glad to see that it is available in paperpback again.
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It would be too easy to simply say that Howard Blackburn rose above his adversity. I should like to have known more about, or even known him - fisherman, retailer, sailor and philanthropist - here is a man of legend among men of iron. Howard's tale is marvelous; a testament to the pioneers and explorers who follow their restless dreams without compromise. Lone Voyager is a fascinating and enlightening look into the industry of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the men who fought long odds and the compelling draw of a man possessed of his visions.
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Picked up this book in 2005 while visiting Gloucester/Rockport and couldn't put it down. If you're a fan of maritime history, books such as Junger's "The Perfect Storm", or true stories of man against the elements, you can appreciate the mettle of the men and women who've earned their livelihood on the ocean. Howard Blackburn was not a man "rising above" the loss of his fingers, but a character who was larger than life; as fearless against prohibition, the gold rush and local politicians as he was against the surf he labored upon. Joseph Garland delivers a wonderful, selfless narrative of Mr. Blackburn's accomplishments and legacy.
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Whether you're a fan of Howard Blackburn or of Gloucester, Mass., this book is awesome. I'm a fan of both and now truly a fan of the story and this book. I highly recommend it to anyone!
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