The Way of a Ship : A Square-Rigger Voyage in the Last Days of Sail
Derek LundyISBN: 0060535490;
Book Description When, as a young man in the 1880s, Benjamin Lundy signed up for unimaginably hard duty aboard a square-rigged commercial sailing vessel -- one destined for a treacherous, white-knuckle passage round that notorious "graveyard of ships,"Cape Horn -- he had no idea that his experience would also provide a window into an epochal transition that would fundamentally change man's relation to the sea. The Way of a Ship is a mesmerizing account of Benjamin's life on board the square-rigger Beara Head . It evokes both the romance and brutality of that bygone era and illuminates the history of square-rigger seamen and the last days of the "beautiful, widow-making, deep-sea" sailing ships. Derek Lundy's masterful account of hisforebear's journey reminds readers what Melville and Conrad expressed so well: that the sea voyage is an overarching metaphor for life itself. Read by Richard Easton.
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