The Way of A Ship
A Square-rigger Voyage in the Last Days of SailBook - 2002
From the author ofGodforsaken Sea-- a #1 bestseller in Canada and "one of the best books ever written about sailing" (Timemagazine) -- comes a magnificent re-creation of a square-rigger voyage round Cape Horn at the end of the 19th century. InThe Way of a Ship, Derek Lundy places his seafaring great-great uncle, Benjamin Lundy, on board the Beara Head and brings to life the ship's community as it performs the exhausting and dangerous work of sailing a square-rigger across the sea. The "beautiful, widow-making, deep-sea" sailing ships could sail fast in almost all weather and carry substantial cargo. Handling square-riggers demanded detailed and specialized skills, and life at sea, although romanticized by sea-voyage chroniclers, was often brutal. Seamen were sleep deprived and malnourished, at times half-starved, and scurvy was still a possibility. Derek Lundy reminds readers what Melville and Conrad expressed so well: that the sea voyage is an overarching metaphor for life itself. As Benjamin Lundy nears the Horn and its attendant terrors, the traditional qualities of the sailor -- fatalism, stoicism, courage, obedience to a strict hierarchy, even sentimentality -- are revealed in their dying days, as sail gave way to steam. Derek Lundy tells his gripping tale with the kind of storytelling skill and writerly breadth that is usually the ken of our finest novelists, and in so doing, imagines a harrowing and wholly credible history for his seafaring Irish-Canadian ancestor.
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf, c2002.
Branch Call Number: 910.45 Lun
Characteristics: 449 pages : illustrations