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THRILLING NARRATIVES OF MUTINY, MURDER AND PIRACY
Tales of Shipwreck and Disaster, with accounts of Providential Escapes and heart-rending fatalities.
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
Adventures of Capt. Woodward and Five Seamen in the island of Celebes,
An Occurrence at sea,
Loss of H. B. M ship Phœnix, off Cuba,
An account of the Whale Fishery, with anecdotes.
Loss of the Brig Tyrrel,
Loss of the Peggy,
Loss of H. B. M. ship Litchfield,
Wreck of the Rothsay Castle Steamer,
Loss of the French ship Droits de L’Homme,
Loss of H. B. M. ship Queen Charlotte,
A Scene on the Atlantic Ocean,
Wreck of the French Frigate Medusa, on the Arguin Bank,
Loss of the Royal George,
Loss of the Æneas, transport,
The Absent Ship,
Loss of the Halsewell, East Indiaman,
An account of Four Russians, abandoned on the Island of East Spitzbergen,
Loss of the Amphitrite, Female Convict Ship,
The Mutineers, a Tale of the Sea,
Fate of Seven Sailors, left on the island of St. Maurice,
Seamen wintering in Spitzbergen,
A Man Overboard,
An Escape through the Cabin-Windows,
Tom Cringle’s Log,
Loss of the Nautilus, Sloop of War,
Wreck of a Slave Ship,
The Wrecked Seamen,
Adventures of Philip Ashton,
Explosion of H. B. M. ship Amphion,
Loss of H. B. M. ship La Tribune,
Burning of the Prince, a French East Indiaman,
Wreck of the Schooner Betsey,
Early American Heroism,
Loss of H. B. M. ship Ramillies,
Preservation of Nine Seamen,
Capt. Ross’s Expedition,
Loss of the Catharine, Venus, and Piedmont, transports, and three Merchant Ships,
Wreck of the Ship Sidney,
Loss of the Duke William, transport,
Naval Battles of the United States,
Address to the Ocean,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Twice Around-the-World + Alan Phillips did his first circumnavigation in a boat called “Scorpio “starting in 1980. His next circumnavigation commenced in 1992 onboard “Wallaby Creek “. This voyage lasted 15 years. He has also done a two year passage to China via Solomon Islands, Micronesia, Philippines etc. His is Australian and has circumnavigated Australia and done numerous passages out into the Pacific Ocean from Australia, including seven times into Papua New Guinea and six times across the China Sea. After 25 years and 100,000 nautical miles of ocean cruising he is one of the most experience cruising sailors on earth. Along the way he has developed his own philosophies and has views that exhibit original thinking. OTHER THINGS HE HAS DONE Sailed my small boat thru the very eye of a tropical cyclone and lived to tell. Hit a reef, wrecked my boat and was castaway alone on Orchilla Isle in the Caribbean to live like Robinson Crusoe. and lived to tell Looked into the barrel of a PLO gun with the terrorists screaming at me in some language and lived to tell Looked into the barrel of an Israel machine gun while being screamed at in some language and lived to tell Had a beer in the Beirut yacht club while the Israelis rocketed and bombed with everything they had and lived. Sailed up to and anchored at Pirate Island in the Southern Philippines and shared a bottle of rum with the pirates and lived to tell Got caught smuggling in Panama and then had to drink the customs officer under the table. After which we altered the paperwork and were friends and stayed out of jail Escaped from the immigration police in Indonesia by stealing a speed boat and pulling Wallaby Creek thru the reef Drilled out my own tooth with tools from the tool box. Circumnavigated Australia and twice around the world. Found a Polynesian tribe that is still living an uncivilized life and has never been visited by a tourist. Been becalmed for 3 weeks under the tropical sun and at the end had counted out our last meals. Found a cave in PNG with dozens of human skeletons from people who entered the cave in order to die. Fathered a beautiful baby with a young Swiss girl and married her even though she is 25 years younger and also younger then 2 of my other children. Survived three shark attacks where the sharks ripped my spear and fish from my hands. I continue to spearfish at every opportunity. Spent months alone at sea in a leaky boat with no motor and no electrical or electronic thing on the boat. Left a crewman with a primitive tribe in PNG and returned a year later to look for him. Received a message in a bottle. Crossed the jungles of the Western Province of PNG where no white man had been for 20 years. Did a seven-week single-handed passage from Panama to Tahiti. And didn’t end up much crazier.read more
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