Harpoon Venture

Harpoon Venture


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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 adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585743704
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2001
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

IStepping-Stones to Adventure3
IIBeyond the Ford17
IIIThe First Kill58
IVPreparation: Winter 1945-4684
VMoonen Bay: May 6-20, 194699
VILoch Scavaig and Loch Hourn: May 20-June 2, 1946123
VIIThe Outer Islands: June 1946144
VIIIThe Outer Islands: July 1946164
IXIsland of Soay Shark Fisheries Ltd.194
XThe 1947 Season204
XIDecline and Fall: 1948-49238
1Here Be Dragons254
2The Basking Shark: A Summary of Findings284
3Controversial Matters296

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Harpoon Venture 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
beebowallace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Harpoon Venture is the detailed account of the author¿s attempt and subsequent failure to start a Basking shark fishery off the coast of Scotland on the economically depressed isle of Soay. The reading is silky smooth as he describes his tools, techniques and ideas behind this industry as well as the beautiful landscape Harpoon Venture unfolds upon. A lot of the book is spent on the water in the actual pursuit of these mammoth sharks detailing the evolution of the approaches used to hunt and then transport the kill. From the very beginning of this account, Maxwell describes, in gory detail, the harvesting and uses of the sharks as well as the business forces that are either the savior or the impending doom of his fishery.Overall, I am disappointed in only that this book sat on my shelf unread for two years.