At the Point of a Cutlass: The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape, and Lonely Exile of Philip Ashton

At the Point of a Cutlass: The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape, and Lonely Exile of Philip Ashton

by Gregory N. Flemming


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611687804
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 820,782
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

GREGORY N. FLEMMING is a former journalist who holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives with his family in New England. His website is

Table of Contents

Prologue: July 19, 1723
The Rebecca
The Capture
To the Azores
Dangerous Waters
The Baymen
The Bay of Honduras
As One Coming from the Dead
Ashton’s Memorial
Pirate Executions and Pirate Treasure

What People are Saying About This

Paul Schneider

“More than just a meticulously researched account of an epic survival story, and more than a surprisingly intimate look inside the lives of the victims of 18th century pirates and the politics of piracy, At the Point of a Cutlass is a thrilling voyage with plenty of ‘Arghh Matey!!’ and grog to go around.”

Stephan Talty

“A dark and fascinating tale. At the Point of a Cutlass takes us into corners of the pirate life we haven’t been before. …one of the most harrowing survival stories of the colonial era.”

George C. Daughan

“Gregory Flemming’s account of Philip Ashton’s fascinating odyssey is superb. A deeply religious cod fisherman, Ashton survived capture by depraved pirates and months alone on an uninhabited Caribbean island. Eventually rescued, he returned to Marblehead, Massachusetts, to tell his incomparable tale, which gained the attention and admiration of Cotton Mather, his disciple John Barnard, and Daniel Defoe.”

Marcus Rediker

“Pirates have begun to attract serious and talented scholars and writers in recent years; Gregory N. Flemmingexemplifies the trend inAt the Point of a Cutlass. Here is the powerful story of Philip Ashton's life-and-death encounter with the notorious sea-robber Ned Low and his swaggering band of pirates. Flemming's dramatic history of real pirates is vastly better than the Hollywood version!”

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At the Point of a Cutlass: The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape, and Lonely Exile of Philip Ashton 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced true story of a New England pirate captive, the pirate crew that captured him, and how he survived by escaping.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A few (very few) interesting moments. This book was so dull that I may keep it as a sleep aid. I am sorry that I shelled out my hard earned money for the hardcover.