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Disasters Etc.: The Maritime World of Marblehead 1815-1865 [Hardcover]

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Marblehead, Massachusetts, was for two centuries the principal codfishing port of the new world, and at the same time raised large numbers of ship captains who set standards of competence and perseverance throughout the world's oceans. Yet, little was known of this insular town by outsiders during the 18th and 19th centuries -- a town that, in our day, has became a famous yachting center. Those outsiders that did visit Marblehead briefly and commented on it, criticized it for being backward, dirty, and immoral. Disasters etc. describes what Marblehead seafarers were really like, and how the pervasive maritime life of the town created a class of fishermen and shipmasters with unique character, ability, and success. The fishermen were more productive than any other town's; the seamanship standards of the town are exemplified by the Marblehead captain of the clipper ship Flying Cloud and his Marblehead navigator wife, who set records of speed under sail that only recently were exceeded; and Joseph Story as a Supreme Court Justice established maritime law in the United States based on his experience growing up in Marblehead. The book uses 19th century sources and the careers of individuals to describe Marbleheaders' "peculiar" character: their "indifference to the show and splendor of wealth," their generosity, bravery, and hardihood. It explains the workings of the codfishery and the shipping industry through business practices and legal decisions. The story is set against the backdrop of the final rise and fall of the town's fishing industry between the War of 1812 and the Civil War, and the explosive rise and fall of the shipping business known as the clipper ship era.



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Pages   202
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.1" Width: 6.9" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 31, 2005
Publisher   Peter Randall Pub
ISBN  1931807361  
ISBN13  9781931807364  


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A regional history with the inclusion of the final rise and fall of the town's fishing industry   Feb 10, 2006
For two centuries, Marblehead, Massachusetts was the principal codfishing port of the new world, and at the same time raised large numbers of ship captains who set standards of competence and perseverance throughout the world's oceans. Yet little was known of this insular town by outsiders during the 18th and 19th centuries. Disasters etc.: The Maritime World Of Marblehead 1815-1865 by John Kimball (himself a descendant of Marbleheaders and an expert sailor) describes what Marblehead seafarers were really like, and how the pervasive maritime life of the town created a class of fishermen and shipmasters with unique character, ability, and success. The Marblehead fishermen were more productive than any other American seaside port or village. The seamanship standards of Marblehead sailors are exemplified by the Marblehead captain of the clipper ship Flying Cloud and his Marblehad navigator wife, who set records of speed under sail that only recently were exceeded. Also included is the account of Joseph Story, who as a Supreme Court Justice established maritime law in the United States based on his experience growing up in Marblehead. Drawing upon 19th century sources and descriptions of the careers of individuals to explain the workings of the codfish and shipping industries through business practices and legal decisions. Disasters etc. is enhanced as a regional history with the inclusion of the final rise and fall of the town's fishing industry between the War of 1812 and the American Civil War, as well as the explosive rise and fall of the shipping business popularly known as the clipper ship era. With the inclusion of survey maps and photographs, a full bibliography, index, and chapter endnotes, 19th century documents, ship itineraries, and listings of vessels built in Marblehad, Disasters etc. is an informed and informative regional history of a place, time and people that substantially contributed to the development of the American nation. Highly recommended reading!

 
Great Maritime Read  Aug 14, 2005
Marblehead, Massachusetts is the focal point of this read covering the history of the codfishing port and the clipper ship era in this area of America.
Our author, John R.H. Kimball is a descendant of Marbleheaders and a pleasure sailor, certainly one who could pen factual words on this subject and bring history to life.
The book explains to you the history of Marblehead and the important role it held in the fishing industry. The author includes the lives of those in the fishing and shipping industry that made an impact. He also gives you information on the lives of the sailors and their families which adds a great deal to the read.
This book is definitely well researched and holds invaluable information. It certainly would be a read that any Maritime lover would embrace and also would be a treasure for those who hunger for history. Very well done.
 

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