The True Story of the Mutiny on the Whaleship "Globe".
In 1985 Greg Gibson was sent a handwritten journal discovered by a small time book dealer in rural Indiana. It turned out to be a young officer's account of the 1825 naval expedition dispatched to the Pacific with orders to apprehend the perpetrators of the "Globe" mutiny.
The mutiny and its aftermath were notorious as the goriest crime in American maritime history; involving hatchet murders, stabbings, shootings and a shipboard lynching. The long-lost journal was the first eyewitness account of the fate of those mutineers, and of the innocent men left at the mercy of the tattooed islanders who adopted and enslaved them.
The story of the "Globe" mutiny is one of unending fascination. Dovetailing Gibson's riveting account of the mutiny is the history of the sperm oil industry, its Nantucket Quaker powerbrokers, the growth of American naval influence and how their combined agendas played out in the remote reaches of the Pacific.
Brilliantly conceived, gripping, horrific, and insightful, 'Demon Of The Waters' is destined to become a classic of sea adventure.
- Publication Date:
- 15 / 05 / 2005
- 135 x 209 x 24mm