The Lost Fleet: A Yankee Whaler's Struggle Against the Confederate Navy and Arctic Disaster

The Lost Fleet: A Yankee Whaler's Struggle Against the Confederate Navy and Arctic Disaster

by Marc Songini
The Lost Fleet: A Yankee Whaler's Struggle Against the Confederate Navy and Arctic Disaster

The Lost Fleet: A Yankee Whaler's Struggle Against the Confederate Navy and Arctic Disaster

by Marc Songini

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Overview

Arctic disasters, rogue whales, ambush by Confederate ships—the true saga of one captain's struggle to survive the demise of the Yankee whaling fleet

It's the mid-ninteenth century and the American whaling fleet is struck by one hammer blow after the other. Yankee whalers are contending with icebergs, storms, rogue whales, sharks, hostile natives, and disease. Many whalers give up the life—but some carry on the vocation. One such man is a captain from Connecticut, Thomas William Williams. Not only does he go out on voyage after voyage, he even takes on board with him his tiny wife, Eliza, and his infant son and daughter.

The Lost Fleet's thrilling narrative recounts Williams' remarkable career, including a daring escape from the Confederate cruiser Alabama and a daring rescue and salvage of lost ships off Alaska's coast. Songini has crafted a historical masterpiece in recording a family saga, a true narrative of adventure and death on the high seas, and a detailed and well-researched look at the demise of Yankee whaling.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312380953
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/22/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

MARC SONGINI is a Boston-area journalist whose work has appeared in the Boston Book Review, the Boston Herald, and the Boston Globe.

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