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This is an auction for IN THE WAKE OF MADNESS: THE MURDEROUS VOYAGE OF THE WHALESHIP SHARON, by Joan Druett.

This is a *** SIGNED *** copy of the book.

"When the American whaleship Sharon arrived at Sydney in December 1842, the world first heard of the shocking murder of the captain by several Pacific island natives serving on the crew. Chalking it up to the savage nature of the islanders, no one bothered to investigate. Druett, a widely published maritime historian, retells the familiar story of how the mutineers were overcome but delves deeper into the details of the infamous expedition. She bases her account on the journals of the ship's cooper and the third mate. Even before Captain Norris beat the ship's steward to death, both journals indicated the captain had a mean streak and racist tendencies. Crew members who passively watched the violent outbursts did not publicly reveal that Norris was dangerous, nor that the islanders had good reason to fear the captain. Druett's account of the incident will appeal to those looking for a good drama, but also to those analytically minded skeptics inclined to ask questions and dig below the surface."
- Booklist (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2004.

292 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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