9780312380953

The Lost Fleet A Yankee Whaler's Struggle Against the Confederate Navy and Arctic Disaster

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312380953

  • ISBN10:

    031238095X

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-07-22
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Summary

It's the mid-ninteenth century and the American whaling fleet is struck by one hammer blow after the other. Yankee whalersare contendingwith icebergs, storms, rogue whales, sharks, hostile natives, and disease. Many whalers give up the life'”but some carry on the vocation. One such man is a captain from Connecticut, Thomas William Williams. Not only does he go out on voyage after voyage, he even takes on board with him his tiny wife, Eliza, and his infant son and daughter. The Lost Fleet 's thrilling narrative recounts Williams' remarkable career, including a daringescape from the Confederate cruiser Alabama anda daring rescue and salvage of lost ships off Alaska's coast. Songini has crafted a historical masterpiece in recordinga family saga, a true narrative of adventure and death on the high seas, and a detailed and well-researched look at the demise of Yankee whaling.

Author Biography

MARC SONGINI is a Boston-area journalist whose work has appeared in the Boston Book Review, the Boston Herald, and the Boston Globe.

Table of Contents

Mapp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Preludep. 1
Brave Men and Braver Women
Lonely but Not Alonep. 11
A Lighthouse Keeperp. 74
In Wild and Distant Seasp. 78
Journey's Endp. 87
The First Iron
The Daring Fishermen of New Englandp. 99
Old Rodneyp. 113
An Indifferent Screw Steamerp. 125
A Pirate Deedp. 134
Like Pursuing a Coy Maidenp. 152
The Other Alabamap. 189
Come on My Deck and Fight Mep. 217
Terrible Havocp. 256
The Lance Strikes
Idle Wharves and Dismasted Shipsp. 267
Death Stared Us in the Facep. 274
In the Topmost Frost-Killed End of Creationp. 287
How Many Will See the Last Day of Next August?p. 308
The Most Crushing Blowp. 324
Rolling Out on The Fin
Enough to Fill a Bookp. 345
Appreciable Deteriorationp. 356
Looking for a Modern Joshup. 373
A Dreary and Uncertain Marchp. 381
Epilogue: The Clear-eyed Men of the Seap. 398
Bibliographyp. 405
Indexp. 415
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