Byron of the Wager – Peter Shankland

R250.00

“Next to the mutiny on the Bounty, this stands as one of the most powerful true adventure stories in the history of the sea. Based in part on journals kept by Midshipman John Byron-future grandfather to the poet-the narrative follows the voyage of the Wager, a 40-gun English supply ship detailed to accompany a squadron searching for Spanish treasure ships in the Pacific. After a safe passage from England in 1740, the Wager was parted from her squadron in terrible weather rounding Cape Horn and was driven ashore on the Pacific coast of Tierra del Fuego. A great part of the ship’s company was saved, but the worst struggles lay ahead. Even before the wreck there had been grave personal tensions among the ship’s company. The Wager’s captain, though a fine seaman of high courage, was neurotic and ill. Like the rest of the squadron, the Wager was carrying soldiers, not directly under naval discipline, plus a large amount of liquor. The situation was explosive.”

Price: R250.00

Edition: First edition

Published: 1975

Publishers: Collins

Condition: Hardcover in very good condition, with very minor shelf wear around the edges of the cover and top and bottom of the spine. Gilt lettering on the spine in excellent condition. Dust jacket in good condition, with minor scuff marks around the edges – covered in a protective plastic sleeve. Internally in near-pristine condition.

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“Next to the mutiny on the Bounty, this stands as one of the most powerful true adventure stories in the history of the sea. Based in part on journals kept by Midshipman John Byron-future grandfather to the poet-the narrative follows the voyage of the Wager, a 40-gun English supply ship detailed to accompany a squadron searching for Spanish treasure ships in the Pacific. After a safe passage from England in 1740, the Wager was parted from her squadron in terrible weather rounding Cape Horn and was driven ashore on the Pacific coast of Tierra del Fuego. A great part of the ship’s company was saved, but the worst struggles lay ahead. Even before the wreck there had been grave personal tensions among the ship’s company. The Wager’s captain, though a fine seaman of high courage, was neurotic and ill. Like the rest of the squadron, the Wager was carrying soldiers, not directly under naval discipline, plus a large amount of liquor. The situation was explosive.”

Price: R250.00

Edition: First edition

Published: 1975

Publishers: Collins

Condition: Hardcover in very good condition, with very minor shelf wear around the edges of the cover and top and bottom of the spine. Gilt lettering on the spine in excellent condition. Dust jacket in good condition, with minor scuff marks around the edges – covered in a protective plastic sleeve. Internally in near-pristine condition.

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Weight 668 g