IN THE WAKE OF MADNESS: The Murderous Voyage of the Whaleship Sharon.
Edition: First printing.
Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 2003. dj. Hardcover first edition - On May 25, 1841, the Sharon set out from Fairhaven, Massachusetts for the whaling grounds of the Pacific. During the voyage, the captain was murdered by Pacific Islanders, the remnant of the crew recaptured the ship, but when the ship eventually returned home 3 years later, only four of the original 29 crew members were on board. Prize-winning New Zealand maritime historian Druett tells the story of what really happened on that voyage, drawing on recently discovered journals, in a fascinating look at whaling in general, and the cruelty of life on shipboard at the time - it was during these same years that Herman Melville also shipped out on a whaler, providing the background for his great novels, Typee and Moby Dick. Includes some interesting informationon the roles played by African Americans, including fugitive slaves, and Pacific Islanders on the whaleships. 2 page map and illustrations by Ron Druett, notes, resources, index. 292 pp. ISBN: 1-565123476.
Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.