- Paperback: 386 pages
- Publisher: Nabu Press (August 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 117724067X
- ISBN-13: 978-1177240673
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,915,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ocean life in the old sailing ship days, from forecastle to quarter-deck Paperback – August 16, 2010
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He covers quite a bit about the life of a 19th Century merchant sailor. Life on board ship including positive and negative interactions with shipmates, ship board work, how sailors went from ship to ship, how he eventually became a captain and his experiences as one, etc.
I enjoyed his travelogues as well, he went all over the world. He wrote quite a bit about shore visits and activities. I took some time to read about spots he stopped in and some of the historical facts he mentions...for example the 1853 yellow fever epidemic in New Orleans, his ship made a stop there in the middle of that.
The book is well written, goes at a steady pace, includes lots of detail...after finishing this book I was a bit baffled that it cost only a dollar while the 1878-79 cruise report for the U.S.S. Ticonderoga cost three times as much and was three times shorter. This book is a "steal".
If your interested in 19th Century merchant sailing life, I don't think you'll be disappointed with this book.
On a more personal note, I have always been enraptured by the sea, upon seeing it for the first time as a child I had a burning desire to get out upon it (again). The nostalgia I felt while reading this book is from another time.
The book is very well written and takes the reader through an entire career at sea. From a very young Ship's Boy to the retirement of a seasoned Ship's Captain.
If you want to travel the world by sea, read this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not particularly well written (there is an apology to that effect in the intro). But as a personal account of the times it is an interesting narrative of conditions as... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
The book reads like what it is: simply an account of a seaman/captain's journeys over many years at sea. It's basically "we went here, we went there, we had a storm... Read morePublished 1 month ago by VoxS
History and Geography appear accurate, a good read if you like sailing, or traveling.Published 1 month ago by Kim L. Keith
I enjoyed this book! I felt it was more interesting in the beginning. I wish he had gone into more detail in some areas.........Published 2 months ago by Justjo4now
A comfortable read about a sailing career in the 1800s. I found it enjoyable throughout.Published 3 months ago by Warren Hayes
Great account of early American sailing ships and sailorsPublished 3 months ago by Peter Kirkegaard
Well written. Interesting if you're into history and want a flavor of the daily life of a sailor.Published 3 months ago by Been Around