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Snow Squall

The last American clipper ship

Snow Squall

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Snow Squall

In the middle of the nineteenth century, American clipper ships astounded the maritime world with their amazingly swift passages to and from faraway seaports, bringing back exotic and valuable cargoes of tea, spices, and silk. Of all those clippers, only one remains: the Maine-built Snow Squall, whose bow section was rescued from the remote Falkland Islands by the Snow Squall Project in the 1980s. This book begins (and ends) with an unusual volunteer archaeological expedition in the aftermath of the Falkland War but quickly becomes a maritime detective story, as snow squall’s story is pieced together further with information gleaned from shipping lists, newspaper accounts, disaster books, and diaries.

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In SNOW SQUALL, by Nicholas Dean, in the middle of the nineteenth century, American clipper ships astounded the maritime world with their amazingly swift passages to and from faraway seaports, bringing back exotic and valuable cargoes of tea, spices, and silk. Of all those clippers, only one remains: the Maine-built Snow Squall, whose bow section was rescued from the remote Falkland Islands by the Snow Squall Project in the 1980s. This book begins (and ends) with an unusual volunteer archaeological expedition in the aftermath of the Falkland War but quickly becomes a maritime detective story, as snow squall’s story is pieced together further with information gleaned from shipping lists, newspaper accounts, disaster books, and diaries. Her world turns out to be a fascinating one, from the laying of her keel at the Butler yard in South Portland in 1851; to her captain’s problems with storms, unruly crews, and attempted piracy; her owner’s attempts to keep her profitable when news of her markets thousands of miles away was months old, and her cargo wouldn’t be delivered until months later; and her last captain’s heroic efforts to repair his badly damaged ship after going aground near Cape Horn in 1864.

Reviews:

“…affectionate history of the Snow Squall’s days at sea is sandwiched amidships, and a superbly detailed history it is.” -John N. Cole, Bangor Daily News

“…settle in for a lengthy and rewarding perusal of the riches within.” -Michael Sanders, Down East Magazine

“A first-rate maritime history and an exciting story of archaeological detection…” -John Rousmaniere, Author of Fastnet, Force 10.

About the Author:

Nicholas Dean is a maritime historian who went to sea under sail in his teens. He was the founder of the Snow Squall Project, and is a life member of the Portland (Maine) Marine Society and co-author of its bicentennial history. Dave Switzer is a nautical archaeologist who made four trips to the Falklands with the Snow Squall Project. He teaches at Plymouth State College in New Hampshire.

Additional Information

Weight 2.2 lbs
Dimensions 7 x 10.00 x 2.794 in
Pages

320

ISBN

978-0-88448-231-4

Format

Hardcover

Author

Nicholas Dean, expedition accounts by David C. Switzer

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