In the Wake of Madness: The Murderous Voyage of the Whaleship Sharon
by Druett, Joan
Druett, who has been dubbed “the distaff O’Brian,” recounts the story of a whaling voyage to the North Pacific gone terribly wrong. While most of the crew were out on a hunt they looked back at the mother ship to see the flag flying at half mast–a sign of distress. They rowed toward the ship to find the captain had been hacked to pieces by the Pacific Island native crew who were covered with blood and brandishing weapons. Unless they could retake the “Sharon”, their hopes of survival were slim . . . the nearest land was 700 miles away.