Lindsay, Capt. J. Murray.


Angus & Robertson, London & Adelaide, 1st.ed., 1963. 238 pp., 21 photo-plates; map e.p’s. Blue cloth ; gilt. 22 x 14cm. Spine discoloured (gilt bright) o/w V.G. The author was born in Glasgow in 1900, his family owned the barquentine MARGARET MURRAY and were engaged in shipping sandstone from Scotland to the United States. Born to the sea, the author signed on in Liverpool in 1915 and sailed in the AMAZON to join the four-masted barque BENGAIRN at Bilbao, owned by James Rae & Co. He describes life as a ‘brass-bounder’ during a storm in the Roaring Forties ; a race with a steamer ; becalmed in the lonely Auckland Islands and carried by the swell towards cliffs. The book is also full of anecdote – yarns in the forecastle ; the shanghai-ing of sailors ; raids on the hen-coop and galley ; a strange meeting at sea ; etc. Outward bound the BENGAIRN left Spain for South America, sailed to Hobart and then across the Pacific to Seattle. Her homeward voyage took her to Pitcairn, round the Horn and home towards Liverpool – but the vessel never made port. Off the Irish Coat the barque was sunk by a U-boat and survivors picked up by HMS ANTRIM. Captain Lindsay’s subsequent career saw him with British India Line.

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