Voyage of the Catalpa: A Perilous Journey and Six Irish Rebels' Escape to Freedom

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Basic Books, 2003 - History - 400 pages
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Fast-paced, compelling, meticulously researched, and dramatically detailed, this saga from the annals of American, Irish, British, and Australian history comprises the first full telling of the secret yearlong journey of the American whaling ship Catalpa, under Captain George Anthony, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1875. Risking his own freedom and career, Anthony sailed across international waters to Australia, to rescue from hellish imprisonment the group of British-soldiers-turned-Irish-rebels named “The Fremantle Six.” The successful escape and hostility the vulnerable Catalpa overcame both from the British Royal Navy and furious seas make Anthony’s historical voyage legendary. 8 pages of photographs add to this true story of daring on the high seas. “Narrated in fascinating and breathtaking fashion. ... The subject matter and fine writing make this book exhilarating.”—Associated Press “A seafaring adventure, an Irish nationalist version of Treasure Island.” —Chicago Tribune “Truth may routinely be stranger than fiction, but seldom is it as suspenseful as this story.”—Publishers Weekly “Genuinely epic ... a fascinating adventure.”—Kirkus Review

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User Review  - mbmackay - LibraryThing

Great story of the freeing of Finian convicts in Fremantle by an Irish-organised whaler. Let down by poor editing ("fairwell", "paperbarque") & errors with dates. Read May 2007 Read full review

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User Review  - kenno82 - LibraryThing

I stumbled across this book in a second-hand bookstore without any knowledge of the Catalpa and its place in history. The story is an amazing one as are the protagonists involved. As the author needs ... Read full review

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Stevens, a historian and journalist, is a regular contributor to Golf Journal and many of his pieces on golf history have appeared in The New York Times and have been syndicated nationwide.

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