Forgotten Songs and Stories of the Sea (Paperback)
A Treasury of Voices from our Martime Past
Selected as one of Sea Breezes magazine's Top 10 Maritime Books of 2017
Featured as Sea Breezes magazine's March 2017 Book of the Month
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Stirring tales of heroism at sea have been engrained in the annals of maritime history since time immemorial. Christopher Columbus’s discovery of the New World, Queen Elizabeth I’s defeat of the Spanish Armada, and Horatio Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar are just some of Britain’s most memorable naval triumphs. But what about the lesser-known tales from our seafaring past? The Victorian who invented a swimming machine in order to cross the English Channel; the capture of a ‘real-life’ mermaid; the lost pirate treasure of Alborán; the ghost of a murdered sailor who still haunts the streets of Portsmouth; and the daring explorers who vanished into the blue yonder, leaving behind nothing but a cryptic message in a champagne bottle – these are just some of our quirky naval stories that have been chronicled in verse and archived in newspaper clippings, and forgotten with the passage of time. Historian and genealogist Caroline Rochford has compiled 200 traditional songs and stories into this book, which offers an exciting, entertaining and eye-opening glimpse into our long lost maritime past.
As featured inSea Breezes, November 2017
So all in all, this collection is an entertaining and curiosity-arousing read.The International Journal of Maritime History, Vol. 29(4) - reviewed by John Townley Sea Cliff, NY, USA
An exciting, entertaining and eye-opening glimpse into our long lost maritime past.Sea Breezes, March 2017
A prime example of the brilliance and the eccentricity of the men who made it their business to explore the high seas. For me, the most interesting section covered the Victorians, but the entire book is a delight from start to finish!Books Monthly, January 2017 – reviewed by Paul Norman
Off Watch: BooksClassic Sailor, December 2016 – January 2017
Great books for sailors, would-be-sailors and those who love the romance of the sea. These books are not just for Christmas.
Read it for: A fun collection of maritime accounts and songsYour Family History, January 2017
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