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The South Seaman An Incident In The Sea Story Of Australia - 1901   By: (1855-1913)

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In "The South Seaman: An Incident In The Sea Story Of Australia - 1901," Louis Becke paints a vivid and captivating picture of life at sea in early 20th century Australia. Set in a time when maritime adventures were fraught with danger, this book transports readers to a world of unpredictable weather, treacherous waters, and the boundless spirit of seafaring men.

The protagonist, a young sailor named Jake, embarks on an unforgettable journey that tests his courage, resilience, and resourcefulness. From the very beginning, Becke's storytelling prowess shines through, as he skillfully introduces us to the complex web of characters who will accompany Jake on this extraordinary expedition. Each character is intricately developed, contributing not only to the plot but also to the rich tapestry of the maritime world.

Becke's writing style is meticulous, striking a perfect balance between intricate detail and fast-paced action. The visceral descriptions of the sea's might and majesty allow readers to experience firsthand the awe-inspiring power and unpredictability of the ocean. Whether it's a violent storm, a breathtaking sunset, or a heart-stopping encounter with marine creatures, the author's ability to bring these scenes to life is truly commendable.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in its exploration of the human condition amidst the harsh realities of life at sea. Through Jake's eyes, we witness the harsh physicality of his surroundings and the camaraderie that binds the sailors together in the face of adversity. Additionally, Becke expertly weaves in themes of friendship, loyalty, and the pursuit of dreams, providing depth to the narrative and ensuring that readers connect with the characters on a profound level.

Moreover, "The South Seaman" offers a fascinating glimpse into the historical context of 1901 Australia. The author's meticulous research is evident, as he seamlessly integrates real-world events and cultural nuances of the time, creating an authentic backdrop that enhances the story's credibility.

If there is one minor drawback to the book, it is the occasional overreliance on regional dialects. While these accents and linguistic idiosyncrasies add realism to the characters' dialogue, they can sometimes prove challenging for readers unfamiliar with the language variations. However, this does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the story.

In conclusion, "The South Seaman: An Incident In The Sea Story Of Australia - 1901" by Louis Becke is a captivating tale that transports readers to the world of early 20th century maritime adventures. With its well-developed characters, evocative descriptions, and exploration of human resilience, the book serves as a compelling homage to the spirit of seafaring men. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction or simply seeking a thrilling oceanic expedition, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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From "The Tapu Of Banderah and Other Stories"

By Louis Becke

C. Arthur Pearson Ltd.


On the 22nd of July, 1828, the Sydney South Seaman, Indefatigable , eleven days out from the Port of Conception in Chili, was in lat 17? S. and about 127? E. long., six hundred miles distant from the nearest land the then almost unknown Paumotu Group, which Cook had well named the Dangerous Archipelago.

Five years before, the brig was named the Calder , and was then commanded by Captain Peter Dillon, a famous officer in the East India Company's service; his name is interwoven with the sea story of Australia as the commander of the Company's ship Research , and the discoverer of the relics of the gallant and ill fated La Perouse, whose ships were wrecked on Vanikoro Island, in the New Hebrides group, in 1788.

When the Colder was under the command of Captain Dillon she was a crack Indian trader to Port Jackson, but newer and smarter vessels drove her out of the trade; and in 1828 she was owned by Mr. John Duncan, an English merchant of Valparaiso, who for this present voyage had loaded her with wheat for Sydney, and sent her to sea under the command of Mr. Joseph Hunter, after changing her name to Indefatigable .

The first and second mates of the brig were Europeans, as also were two or three of the crew the rest were Chilenos, picked up at the last moment of sailing... Continue reading book >>

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