Off the Deep End: A History of Madness at Sea
by Compton, Nic
Did you know that, in the 18th century, the Royal Navy’s physician found that sailors were seven times more likely to have severe mental illness than the general population, thanks to the pressures and conditions of life at sea? This book is the first detailed study of how the vast, lonely, and powerful sea has affected sailors over the centuries. It discusses desperate shipwreck, cannibalism, inexplicable multiple murders, and strange modern cases–including Donald Crowhurst’s suicide.