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.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.87(d)|
Table of Contents
|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|
|1||Here Be Dragons||254|
|2||The Basking Shark: A Summary of Findings||284|
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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.