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by Moore, Peter
Named a Sunday Times Best Book of 2018 and the winner of the Mary Soames Award for History, this is a revealing and comprehensive account of the Endeavour's role in shaping the Western world. Notably, Endeavour carried James Cook on his first major voyage-but this ship had many lives. Later, during 1776 battles for control of New York, Endeavour witnessed the birth of the American republic. During its career, its cargo and passengers ranged from botanists, a Polynesian priest, and the remains of the first kangaroo to arrive in Britain, to Newcastle coal and Hessian soldiers. With his careful research, Moore shines new light on the ambition and consequences of the Age of Enlightenment.
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448 Pages • softcover • 2020
by Lavery, Brian
Compelling, comprehensive, and innovative, Lavery's history assembles the greatest feats of seamanship, navigation, endurance, and ingenuity--from the early Polynesians through the first intrepid European circumnavigators to hardy seekers of the Northwest Passage. More than 500 photos and illustrations bring the action to life. Excerpts from historical documents, diaries, and notebooks further inform and delight.
400 Pages • softcover • 2019
by McGoogan, Ken
An absorbing account of an astonishing story, hidden from the world for almost 150 years. John Rae was sent by the British Admiralty to find out what became of Franklin and his two ships. He returned having discovered the truth about the expedition, including evidence of cannibalism, and the final link in the Northwest Passage. He was ostracized for these discoveries; only now does his story come to light.
336 Pages • softcover • 2002
by Bacon, Edgar Mayhew
In this compelling account, you can explore along with Henry Hudson as he sails farther north than any Western adventurer before him, traces the coasts of Iceland and Greenland, and heads upstream on the mighty Hudson River. Mayhew recounts Hudson's early interactions--both peaceful and hostile--with Indigenous peoples he encountered and follows his story through to the final voyage that ended his life.
280 Pages • softcover • 2019
by Thompson, Christina
For more than a millennium, Polynesians have occupied the remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean--the only people to have lived there until the arrival of European explorers. They can trace their roots to a group of epic voyagers who voyaged into the unknown in one of the greatest adventures in human history. How did the earliest Polynesians--people without writing or metal tools--find and colonize far-flung islands in the largest ocean in the world? This is the conundrum ("the Problem of Polynesian Origins") that Christina Thompson's explores..
384 Pages • hardcover • 2019
by Toohey, John
At dawn on April 28, 1789, Captain William Bligh and 18 men from HMS Bounty were put into a 23-foot launch and abandoned in the middle of the Pacific. They did not perish, but sailed 4,162 miles to safety in Java--an epic achievement. Battered by storms, the men suffered crippling illness, near starvation, and attacks by islanders. In Toohey's hands, this is a gripping tale of seafaring, exploration, and mutiny, in which Bligh is portrayed not as cruel and foulmouthed--as some histories cast him--but as a man of his times and a true hero.
224 Pages • softcover • 2019
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by Berridge, Sally
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Maud Berridge sailed with her husband, Captain Henry Berridge, aboard the "Walmer Castle" and "Superb" in the late 19th century, voyaging with the trade winds between Gravesend (England) and Australia. Her great-granddaughter Sally Berridge draws on Maud's diaries to paint a picture of those experiences.
272 Pages • hardcover • 2018
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by Stavridis, Admiral James
A distinguished admirals and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO penned this meditation on leadership and character, using the lives of ten of history's most illustrious naval commanders as the lens. None of the leaders he chose were perfect, some were deeply flawed. But by examining their deeds, important themes emerge--not least that there an art to knowing when to listen to your shipmates and when to turn a blind eye, that serving your reputation is a poor substitute for serving your character, and that taking time to read and reflect is not a luxury, it's a necessity.
336 Pages • hardcover • 2019