Great Sea Stories: Epic tales of escape from the deep

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Allen & Unwin, Dec 1, 2010 - History - 192 pages
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Great Sea Stories recounts epic tales of the victims of shipwreck, mutiny and marooning, through history and around the globe, focusing on the age of sail and steam. This enthralling book captures some of the most exciting and bizarre stories of the sea, encompassing the predations of pirates; the last-resort horrors of cannibalism; encounters with ferocious indigenous tribes; the unleashed madness of psychopaths; and, always, the desperate attempt to survive against all odds. And of course, behind every tale of tragedy or triumph, lies the eternal mystery and majesty of the merciless, unpredictable ocean.
 

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Contents

Introduction
The Wreck of the Batavia
Alexander Selkirk
Bering in the Commander Islands
The Bounty Mutineers
Charles Barnard
Shipwrecked in the Sahara
The Grafton and the Invercauld
Castaways of the USS Polaris
Clipperton Island
Japanese Castaways on Anatahan
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Joseph Cummins is the author of History's Great Untold Stories, History's Greatest Hits, Turn Around and Run Like Hell, Great Rivals in History, Cast Away, First Encounters and Eaten by a Giant Clam for Pier 9, as well as Anything for a Vote: A History of Dirty Tricks and October Surprises in America's Presidential Elections (Quirk). He has also edited two anthologies for Lyons Press, Cannibals: Shocking True Stories of the Last Taboo on Land and at Sea (2002) and The Greatest Search and Rescue Stories Ever Told (2001), and written a novel called The Show Train (Akashic Books, 2001). He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

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