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Sea Struck

A remarkable story of three young men who went to sea

Sea Struck

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Sea Struck

SEA STRUCK, by W. H. Bunting, explores how some people seem to be born with salt water running in their veins and as soon as they are able, “go to sea.” For certain young men at the turn of the last century, this was as much a rite of passage as, for others, a “season” abroad. The experience was a transitory adventure for some; for others it was a life-shaping experience. SEA STRUCK is about the final decades of American square-rigged sail, as recorded in firsthand accounts of voyages made by three genteel young men from Massachusetts.

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SEA STRUCK, by W. H. Bunting, explores how some people seem to be born with salt water running in their veins and as soon as they are able, “go to sea.” For certain young men at the turn of the last century, this was as much a rite of passage as, for others, a “season” abroad. The experience was a transitory adventure for some; for others it was a life-shaping experience. SEA STRUCK is about the final decades of American square-rigged sail, as recorded in firsthand accounts of voyages made by three genteel young men from Massachusetts. There is plenty of adventure for our young men–storms, men overboard, a cargo of “Chinese passengers,” discipline that bordered on brutality, and exotic Far East ports–but these interwoven stories also demonstrate the fascinating web of connections in the New England Maritime History.

Reviews:

“…close-up and vivid view of life at sea…Bunting’s ability to write sentences of stunning gracefulness…commonplace comes alive.” -WoodenBoat Magazine,January/February 2005

“…fine chronicle… of New England’s passion for the sea… fine collection of photographs, stoic reminders of the sea-struck past.” -Boston Sunday Globe, October 17, 2004

“…high-quality volume…eye-catching photos…Bunting…can make prose sing…makes you ponder the lessons of the sea…” -Working Waterfront/Inter-Island News, February, 2005

“…marvelous maritime history…entertaining story of high seas adventure…his best work.” -Central Maine Newspapers, December 19, 2004

“…unerringly informative and readable prose…engaging historical portrait…expertly edited, selected and annotated diaries…” -The Ellsworth American, January 6, 2005

“…wonderful, adventure-filled, and instructive story…” -The Martha’s Vineyard Times, October 14, 2004

“A remarkable story of three young men who went to sea…reads like the very best of seafaring sagas.”      -Maine Sunday Telegram, January 16, 2005

“If you have an interest in life under sail, and in America’s historic ports… rewarding read and an excellent gift.” -Ten Pound Island Book Co., November 2004

“Looking for a book that will captivate you from beginning to end, ‘Sea Struck’ will.” -Maine Coastal News, February, 2005

“…rich in maritime detail, majestic in geographic sweep, lavish in its consignment of high-quality port and high-sea photographs, and handsomely designed…a standout…makings of a classic…” -Maine History Vol. 43, January 2008

About the Author:

W. H. Bunting is the author of Portrait of a Port: Boston 1852-1914 (Harvard University Press), Steamers, Schooners, Cutters, and Sloops (Houghton Mifflin), and the Tilbury books A Day’s Work: A Sampler of Historic Maine Photographs, 1860-1920, Volumes I and II, and co-author of An Eye for the Coast: The Maritime and Monhegan Island Photographs of Eric Hudson. He lives in Whitefield, Maine.

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Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 7 x 10.00 x 3.048 in
Author

W. H. Bunting

Format

Hardcover

ISBN

978-0-88448-265-9

Pages

384

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