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Cape Cod's Oldest Shipwreck:: The Desperate Crossing of the Sparrow-Hawk
In 1626, the Sparrow-Hawk began its final journey across the brutal winter waves of the Atlantic Ocean, departing from the southern coast of England-with America as its goal. As cases of scurvy and whispers of mutiny rose, the hopes of those aboard the small vessel began to fade. The ever-changing coastline of Cape Cod caused the Sparrow-Hawk to run aground. Desperate to r ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by History Press (SC)
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Historian and ship expert Mark Wilkins has written a fascinating tale of the ill-fated voyage of the Sparrow-Hawk from England to Plymouth (the objective was Virginia, but events intervened) in 1626. In the second part of the book, Mr. Wilkins discourses in detail, and clearly, on the the ship construction methods of the times. This is of interest to general readers, and will be a treasure trove for those interested in the technical details of wooden ship construction methods of the period.