Hyperion, New York, 1st US ed., 2002. Xvi + 236 pp., 15 ills., double-page map. D.j., 24 x 17cm. FINE. This story is based on the memoirs of John Nicol, a seaman who in 1822 wrote of his experiences before the mast during the late 18th and early 19th centuries ; plus research into contemporary records of the voyage in question. John Nicol was steward aboard the convict ship LADY JULIAN and he had a passionate relationship with one of her inmates, Sarah Whitelam. The story is told of London’s "disorderly girls" being thrown into gaol for various offences, sent on to Galleons Reach, and after some time on the Thames, being transported to Sydney Cove for a life of hard labour. Also gives some account of the wreck of the GUARDIAN under the command of Lt. Riou (killed at Copenhagen in 1801), which was dismasted and dramatically survived by crawling back to Cape Town. FINE copy.