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In Harpoon Venture, Gavin Maxwell, best known as the author of Ring of Bright Water, describes in thrilling detail the story of his four years hunting the basking shark. When Maxwell acquired a small island in the Hebrides off Scotland shortly after World War Two, he decided to hunt the thirty-foot leviathan of the northern waters for commercial purposes. Every step of the way, however, presented danger and difficulties, making this a tale of a mighty sea chase with precious few peers among books of maritime ...
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Overview

In Harpoon Venture, Gavin Maxwell, best known as the author of Ring of Bright Water, describes in thrilling detail the story of his four years hunting the basking shark. When Maxwell acquired a small island in the Hebrides off Scotland shortly after World War Two, he decided to hunt the thirty-foot leviathan of the northern waters for commercial purposes. Every step of the way, however, presented danger and difficulties, making this a tale of a mighty sea chase with precious few peers among books of maritime adventure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585743704
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
I Stepping-Stones to Adventure 3
II Beyond the Ford 17
III The First Kill 58
IV Preparation: Winter 1945-46 84
V Moonen Bay: May 6-20, 1946 99
VI Loch Scavaig and Loch Hourn: May 20-June 2, 1946 123
VII The Outer Islands: June 1946 144
VIII The Outer Islands: July 1946 164
IX Island of Soay Shark Fisheries Ltd. 194
X The 1947 Season 204
XI Decline and Fall: 1948-49 238
Appendix
1 Here Be Dragons 254
2 The Basking Shark: A Summary of Findings 284
3 Controversial Matters 296
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