Treachery at Sharpnose Point: The Final Voyage of the Caledonia

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9780151005246: Treachery at Sharpnose Point: The Final Voyage of the Caledonia

An exceptional copy; fine in an equally fine dw, now mylar-sleeved. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Literally as new.; 316 pages; Description: 316 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Maps of the English coast, including the Bristol Channel on endpapers. Includes bibliographical references (p. [309]-313) . Subjects: Caledonia (Ship) Shipwrecks --England --Sharpnose Point. Summary: While walking through a cliff-top graveyard in the town of Morwenstow on the coast of Cornwall, the author encounters a wooden Scottish figurehead that once adorned the Caledonia, a ship wrecked on the English coast in 1842. Through further investigation, Seal begins to suspect the townspeople, and chiefly the town's parson, Robert Hawker, for the Caledonia's demise on the jagged shores below. Though no one has ever been brought to court for "wrecking", luring ships ashore to loot the cargo, it's a commonly held belief that this sort of cruelty did take place. But, is that what happened in Morwenstow? Having meticulously researched maritime logs, broadsides of the day, and other first-hand documents, Seal weaves history, travelogue, and imaginative reconstruction into this marvelous piece of detective work, bringing us a mystery of the best kind, the sort that really did happen.

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While walking through a cliff-top graveyard in the town of Morwenstow on the coast of Cornwall, the author encounters a wooden Scottish figurehead that once adorned the Caledonia, a ship wrecked on the English coast in 1842. Through further investigation, Seal begins to suspect the townspeople, and chiefly the town's parson, Robert Hawker, for the Caledonia's demise on the jagged shores below. Though no one has ever been brought to court for "wrecking"--luring ships ashore to loot the cargo--it's a commonly held belief that this sort of cruelty did take place. But, is that what happened in Morwenstow?
Having meticulously researched maritime logs, broadsides of the day, and other first-hand documents, Seal weaves history, travelogue, and imaginative reconstruction in this marvelous piece of detective work, bringing us a mystery of the best kind--the sort that really did happen.

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PRAISE FOR JEREMY SEAL
"Seal's writing is vivid, humorous, and wonderfully chilling."--"Outside"
"Seal tells fascinating stories and complements them with lore that is funny . . . and mesmerizing."--"Men's Journal"
PRAISE FOR "TREACHERY AT SHARPNOSE POINT"
"Most compelling. This lively, well-paced book is highly recommended."--"Library Journal" (starred review)
"Exceptional . . . Seal's riveting story will be a certain winner."--"Booklist"
PRAISE FOR JEREMY SEAL

"Seal's writing is vivid, humorous, and wonderfully chilling."--"Outside"

"Seal tells fascinating stories and complements them with lore that is funny . . . and mesmerizing."--"Men's Journal"

PRAISE FOR "TREACHERY AT SHARPNOSE POINT"

"Most compelling. This lively, well-paced book is highly recommended."--"Library Journal" (starred review)

"Exceptional . . . Seal's riveting story will be a certain winner."--"Booklist"
PRAISE FOR JEREMY SEAL
"Seal's writing is vivid, humorous, and wonderfully chilling."--Outside
"Seal tells fascinating stories and complements them with lore that is funny . . . and mesmerizing."--Men's Journal
PRAISE FOR TREACHERY AT SHARPNOSE POINT
"Most compelling. This lively, well-paced book is highly recommended."--Library Journal (starred review)
"Exceptional . . . Seal's riveting story will be a certain winner."--Booklist

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