The Way of A Ship

The Way of A Ship

A Square-rigger Voyage in the Last Days of Sail

Book - 2002
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From the author of Godforsaken Sea -- a #1 bestseller in Canada and "one of the best books ever written about sailing" ( Time magazine) -- comes a magnificent re-creation of a square-rigger voyage round Cape Horn at the end of the 19th century.

In The Way of a Ship , Derek Lundy places his seafaring great-great uncle, Benjamin Lundy, on board the Beara Head and brings to life the ship's community as it performs the exhausting and dangerous work of sailing a square-rigger across the sea.

The "beautiful, widow-making, deep-sea" sailing ships could sail fast in almost all weather and carry substantial cargo. Handling square-riggers demanded detailed and specialized skills, and life at sea, although romanticized by sea-voyage chroniclers, was often brutal. Seamen were sleep deprived and malnourished, at times half-starved, and scurvy was still a possibility. Derek Lundy reminds readers what Melville and Conrad expressed so well: that the sea voyage is an overarching metaphor for life itself. As Benjamin Lundy nears the Horn and its attendant terrors, the traditional qualities of the sailor -- fatalism, stoicism, courage, obedience to a strict hierarchy, even sentimentality -- are revealed in their dying days, as sail gave way to steam.

Derek Lundy tells his gripping tale with the kind of storytelling skill and writerly breadth that is usually the ken of our finest novelists, and in so doing, imagines a harrowing and wholly credible history for his seafaring Irish-Canadian ancestor.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, 2002
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780676973679
Branch Call Number: 910.45 Lun 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 449 p. :,ill., map ;,22 cm


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Jun 23, 2008

This is a fantastic book.

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