An Ocean Away: A Journey of Hardship and Survival

An Ocean Away: A Journey of Hardship and Survival

by Peter Clarke
An Ocean Away: A Journey of Hardship and Survival

An Ocean Away: A Journey of Hardship and Survival

by Peter Clarke


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Sick of poverty and wanting a better life for his family, James is determined to change his son's future and tells him he must leave the village in country Ireland and puts the sixteen year old on a cart for Belfast.

Swept along by fate and determination, William, leaving his girlfriend behind, uses his wits in Belfast to obtain work. Hearing that gold is there for the taking, he finds his way onto the steam sailing ship Lady Grace bound for Australia - and the gold rush. Threatened onboard by bullies, and learning to cope with the unpredictable and savage elements during the voyage, his courage and patience are tested as he heads to the unknown new colony of Australia, and a new life.

Never easy, sometimes funny, and often dangerous, William's adventures show how one determined man can change his future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781922403230
Publisher: Aurora House
Publication date: 09/30/2020
Series: The William Stewart Saga , #2
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents


1. The Beginning 1

2. The Decision 13

3. It’s Done 21

4. A Mother’s Loss 33

5. The Journey Starts 39

6. The Road to Belfast 43

7. Belfast 53

8. Liverpool 69

9. Portsmouth 87

10. Signing onto the Steamship 111

11. Planning the Crew 123

12. Joining the Steamship 129

13. The Captain 139

14. A Leading Fireman 147

15. Becoming Part of the Crew 163

16. Armstrong’s Crew 169

17. Hall’s Crew 171

18. Setting Sail 179

19. The Captain’s Ship 187

20. Setting the Sails 193

21. Hall Shows His Hand 205

22. It’s My Watch 209

23. The Officer’s Ship 215

24. The First Storm 223

25. The Ship in a Storm – the Deck 227

26. The Ship in a Storm – the Helm 237

27. The Ship in a Storm - the Boiler Room 245

28. The Ship in a Storm – the First Officer 261

29. The Ship in a Storm – the Chief Engineer 277

30. The Ship in a Storm – Sailing as Best they Can 281

31. The Storm Passes 289

32. Trouble in the Boiler Room 299

33. The Ship’s Surgery 305

34. The Confrontation 313

35. Another Storm 323

36. Some Trouble with the Ship 331

37. The Fight 339

38. Melbourne at Last 347

About the Author 361

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