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Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy A weird series of tales of shipwreck and disaster, from the earliest part of the century to the present time, with accounts of providential escapes and heart-rending fatalities.   By:

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THRILLING NARRATIVES

OF

MUTINY, MURDER AND PIRACY,

A WEIRD SERIES OF

Tales of Shipwreck and Disaster,

FROM THE EARLIEST PART OF THE CENTURY TO THE PRESENT TIME,

WITH ACCOUNTS OF

Providential Escapes

AND

HEART RENDING FATALITIES.

NEW YORK: HURST & CO., PUBLISHERS, 122 NASSAU ST.

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PREFACE.

Shipwreck may be ranked among the greatest evils which man can experience. It is never void of danger, frequently of fatal issue, and invariably productive of regret. It is one against which there is the least resource, where patience, fortitude and ingenuity are in most cases, unavailing, except to protract a struggle with destiny, which, at length, proves irresistible.

But amidst the myriads unceasingly swallowed up by the deep, it is not by the numbers that we are to judge of the miseries endured. Hundreds may at once meet an instantaneous fate, hardly conscious of its approach, while a few individuals may linger out existence, daily in hope of succor, and at length be compelled to the horrible alternative of preying on each other for the support of life. Neither is it by the Narratives about to be given that we are to calculate on the frequency of shipwreck. It is an event that has been of constant occurrence since a period long anterior to what the earliest records can reach. In England it is calculated that about 5000 natives of the British Isles yearly perish at sea.

This perpetual exposure to peril, however, materially contributes to the formation of character, and hence are sailors preeminently distinguished by courage, endurance, and ready invention. Habituated to the instability of the ocean, they make little account of danger, and are invariably the first in matters of the most daring enterprise. Incessantly subjected to toil, they labor long and patiently without murmur, and the prompt and vigorous measures which are indispensable to their security, teach them the immediate application of whatever means are within their power.

A natural desire to know the fate of their fellow creatures seems implanted in the breast of mankind, and the most powerful sympathies are excited by listening to the misfortunes of the innocent. To record some impressive examples of calamity, or unlooked for deliverance, is the object of these pages; and it will be seen of what astonishing advantage are the virtues of decision, temperance, perseverance and unwavering hope in moments of extreme peril and despair.

CONTENTS.

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Adventures of Capt. Woodward and Five Seamen in the island of Celebes, 7

An Occurrence at sea, 14

Loss of H. B. M ship Phoenix, off Cuba, 16

An account of the Whale Fishery, with anecdotes of the dangers attending it, 30

Loss of the Brig Tyrrel, 49

Loss of the Peggy, 58

Loss of H. B. M. ship Litchfield, 64

Wreck of the Rothsay Castle Steamer, 74

Loss of the French ship Droits de L'Homme, 78

Loss of H. B. M. ship Queen Charlotte, 82

A Scene on the Atlantic Ocean, 84

Wreck of the French Frigate Medusa, on the Arguin Bank, 87

Loss of the Royal George, 146

Loss of the ├ćneas, transport, 148

The Absent Ship, 152

Loss of the Halsewell, East Indiaman, 155

An account of Four Russians, abandoned on the Island of East Spitzbergen, 166

Loss of the Amphitrite, Female Convict Ship, 173

The Mutineers, a Tale of the Sea, 176

Fate of Seven Sailors, left on the island of St... Continue reading book >>




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