Gee, Marjory.


Stanford Maritime, 1st ed., 1979. 217 pp., 33 photo & other plates. D.j. 22 x 14cm. Nr.FINE. Thomas Garry Fraser was born near the Cumberland ports of Whitehaven, Maryport and Workington in 1850. He died 84 years later when sail had clearly lost the struggle against steam. This is a record of Captain Fraser's 25 voyages under sail (he became Master in 1874) based on his own four Victorian notebooks that came to light in recent years. He sailed out of Liverpool, London and Glasgow and his early voyages took him to China, Japan and India. He describes the hardships endured by sailors in those days ; the poor food supplied by shipowners ; the savage fights that sometimes broke out at sea ; and the need of the officers to enforce discipline. Illustrated with 33 photographs, etc., this is a vivid first-hand account of the hard life at sea under sail and the ever-present reality of shipwreck.

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