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The Yankee Fleet: Maritime New England in the Age of Sail
In "The Yankee Fleet: Maritime New England in the Age of Sail," James C. Johnston Jr. recounts the famous tales that have given the Northeast such a storied maritime tradition. From the stern Puritan fathers to Francisco Ruiz, New England's last known pirate, Johnston canvasses the accounts of the men and women who fished, fought, explored and marauded in sailing craft ove ...more
Paperback, 159 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by History Press (SC)
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Johnston's book feels like either transcripts or notes from lectures he has given. The book is interesting at times and other times seems to be a way to boost his credentials. Either way read this for the short interesting insights to New England maritime history such as how one whaling captain who used his crew in an interesting manner.
Horrible! The history is sketchy and the author interjects with his opinions rather than fact. The chapter on buccaneers and pirates had little to do with New England maritime history and more to do with the regurgitating stories from Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates. If you're interested in real history don't bother with this vanity release.