In the wake of madness : the murderous voyage of the whaleship Sharon Joan Druett Sharon (Whaleship) Whaling Mutiny North Pacific Ocean, Norris, Howes, d. 1842 Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2003 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. 292 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-273). Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
On May 25, 1841, the whaleship Sharon of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, set out for the whaling grounds of the northwestern Pacific under the command of Captain Howes Norris. A year later, while most of the crew was out on the hunt, Norris remained at the helm with four crew members-three of them natives from the Pacific Islands. When the men in the whaleboats spied the Sharon’s flag flying at half-mast-a signal of distress-they rowed toward the ship to discover their Captain had been hacked to pieces. His murderers, the Pacific Islanders, were covered in blood and brandishing weapons. Unless the crew could retake the Sharon, their prospects of survival were slim. The nearest land was seven hundred miles away.
In an astonishing single-handed recapture, the third officer, Benjamin Clough, swam through shark-infested waters in the dead of night, slipped through one of the cabin windows, and launched a surprise attack on the mutineers, killing two of them and overtaking the other. Though news of Clough’s courageous act spread quickly through ports around the globe, an American investigation into the shipboard crimes was never conducted-even when the Sharon returned home three years later, with only four of the original twenty-nine crew on board. The true story of what happened aboard the Sharon remained buried for over 150 years.
Dramatically and meticulously recreating the events of the Sharon, Druett pieces together a voyage filled with savagery and madness under the command of one of the most ruthless captains to sail the high seas. Like The Pirate Hunter and Blue Latitudes, IN THE WAKE OF MADNESS brings to life a riveting story and exposes the secrets that followed the men of the Sharon to their graves.
Rough medicine : surgeons at sea in the age of sail Joan Druett Ship physicians South Pacific Ocean History 19th century New York : Routledge, 2000 Hardcover. First edition and printing. x, 270 p. : ill.; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-258) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket and no underlining, highlighting or marginalia in text. VG/VG
“Killing whales is sometimes attended with bad accidents.” — Dr. William Dalton, surgeon of the Phoenix. Scurvy. Amputation. Tropical disease. Irritable captains. Mutinous crews. Such were the trials facing the men who shipped out as doctors on South Seas whalers in the early nineteenth century.
Having earned a medical degree and a certain station in society, what type of person would sign on for a dangerous three-year voyage to the other side of the globe? What types of medicines and surgical tools did these men have at their disposal? What sort of people did they encounter on remote South Seas islands? Using diaries, journals and correspondence, Joan Druett introduces us to extraordinary characters like the tattooed Dr. John Coulter, forced into tribal warfare by the natives of the Marquesas Islands (later a successful obstetrician back in England), and the venal Charles Frederick Winslow, who set up a seaman’s hospital on Maui and managed to bilk the U.S. government out of a sizeable sum. Rich with fascinating detail, Druett chronicles medicine at sea from the dawn to the demise of the South Seas whaling trade.
She captains : heroines and hellions of the sea Joan Druett Women ship captains Biography New York : Simon & Schuster, c 2000 Hardcover. First edition and printing. 304 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-289) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
Long before women had the right to vote, earn money, or have lives of their own, “she captains” — bold women distinguished for courageous enterprise on the high seas — thrilled and terrorized their shipmates, performed acts of valor, and pirated with the best of their male counterparts. From the warrior queens of the sixth century b.c. to the female shipowners influential in opening the Northwest Passage, “She Captains” brings together a real-life cast of characters whose audacity and bravado will capture the imagination. In her inimitable style, Joan Druett paints a vivid portrait of real women who were drawn to the ocean’s beauty — and danger — and dared to captain ships of their own.