When, as a young man in the 1880s, Benjamin Lundy signed up for
duty aboard a square-rigged commercial sailing vessel, he began a
journey more exciting, and more terrifying, than he could have ever
imagined: a treacherous, white-knuckle passage around that
notorious "graveyard of ships," Cape Horn.
A century later, Derek Lundy, author of the bestselling
"Godforsaken Sea" and an accomplished amateur seaman himself, set
out to recount his forebear's journey. "The Way of a Ship" is a
mesmerizing account of life on board a square-rigger, a remarkable
reconstruction of a harrowing voyage through the most dangerous
waters. Derek Lundy's masterful account evokes the excitement,
romance, and brutality of a bygone era -- "a fantastic ride through
one of the greatest moments in the history of adventure" ("Seattle
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