The Idler

Author: Rusty Watson

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Jeremiah Watts emigrated from England at the age of six and witnessed first hand the extinction of the whaling industry as one of the last mariners to sail on the ship, Ann Alexander, before it was destroyed by a vengeful whale. Jeremiah (my great-great grandfather) was deceived and tricked into signing on board in the role of carpenter in 1845-49. He relates stories of cannibals, missionaries and the whale hunting expeditions, recounted in his own words and sent as love letters to the girl he l…more

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