Greasy Luck: A Whaling Sketchbook

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Courier Corporation, Jan 18, 2013 - Transportation - 144 pages
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"Everybody who feels the fascination of seas and ships will be glad of this . . . unique creation of Gordon Grant's pen. . . . The volume is a charming example of artistic bookmaking." ― The New York Times
"Mr. Grant skillfully combines in his drawings the romance and reality of the sea. Many of the illustrations have a charm wholly apart from their historical significance. ― Times [London] Literary Supplement
An eloquent, accurate portrayal of the American whaling industry as it existed for almost two centuries, this superb account of a whaling voyage and its adventures is dramatically captured by 64 of the author's full-page drawings. All the excitement, tedium, exhaustion, and joy of catching these mammoths of the sea is depicted ― from the thrill of a whale breaching and a "Nantucket sleigh ride" to examples of scrimshaw art and views of the foc's'le, galley, and deck. The book's title comes from the cheering crowds at dockside, seeing a whaling crew off and wishing them "Greasy Luck."


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beautifully illustrated and historically compelling, this collection of sketches by gordon grant deserves a spot in the archives of any lover of all things nautical. Read full review

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Gordon Grant is Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Paul Ramcharan is Co-ordinator of Research and Public Policy at the Australian Centre for Human Rights Education, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Margaret Flynn is the Independent Chair of Lancashire County Council's Safeguarding Adults Board, a Senior Associate of CPEA Ltd., and a Director of Flynn and Eley Associates Ltd., UK.

Malcolm Richardson is Principal Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

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