Sharks That Walk on Land

Pneuma Springs Publishing
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It is February 1779 Captain James Cook is on his last voyage to the Pacific. This is a fascinating fictionalised account of the sad events leading up to the demise of Captain James Cook. Although written as a novel the content has been thoroughly researched from the officers journals of Cook's last voyage of discovery to the Pacific, and in this respect is an authentic account of the events leading up to his tragic death at the hands of the Hawaiians. The names used in this work are of people who actually sailed on the two ships of this expedition although the actions attributed to these individuals have been somewhat embroidered by the imagination. Great effort has been applied to put across Cook’s humane and compassionate understanding of his fellow man – particularly in the eighteenth century British Navy – this endeared him to the brutish men under his charge. Without doubt Cook was one of the greatest seamen and navigators the world had ever produced. His discoveries in the Pacific opened up this vast ocean to the western world so that it was no longer a mystery for the armchair theorists to speculate over. Book reviews online: PublishedBestsellers website.
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The author spent his working life at sea. After attending Nautical College for two years he was apprenticed to a shipping company in 1950 for a period of four years, then during the following ten years comprised of sea-time and exams for each stage of navigation officer to achieve the rank of captain of tankers. The author retired in 1985 to Pender Island BC. During the early years of retirement were spent in the construction industry until the call of the sea reasserted itself. During the next three years he built the boat which he used on his attempted world circumnavigation. This resulted in his first attempt at writing ‘Building a Foam Cored Boat’.
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Publisher
Pneuma Springs Publishing
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Published on
Jan 26, 2011
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Pages
228
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ISBN
9781907728051
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Historical
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Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
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