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Outrageous seas : shipwreck and survival in the waters off Newfoundland, 1583-1893
Baehre, Rainer, 1949-
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Ottawa : McGill-Queen's University Press for Carleton University, [1999]

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392 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
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G525 .O877 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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There was a time in history when the sea was as important as the land for defining a country's social and cultural identity. Outrageous Seas is about that time, and about the harrowing, almost mythic, experience of shipwreck, near-shipwreck, and survival in waters off Newfoundland. Travellers from many walks of life - explorers and missionaries, traders, fishers and mariners, Native Peoples, aristocrats and immigrants - have left rare and fascinating first-hand accounts of such disasters. Their narratives span four centuries and touch many historical sub-themes such as the appeal of religion in times of crisis, gender roles, and the ocean-as-workplace. Apart from its obvious scholarly appeal, this collection evokes psychic responses to calamity and brushes with death, perhaps the most universal experience of all.

Table of Contents

Rainer BaehreRichard ClarkeJohn Gilmary SheaHenry TrebyWilliam Turner [?]Author UnknownWilliam Dorset FellowesNeil DewarWilliam O.S. GillyCaptain Clair-Desire Letourneur and Gaud HouisteJohn SmithEdward WixThomas Goodwin and Joseph ShearerLady Louisa Anne Whitworth-AylmerJohn PalmerHenry HoweJessie HaleCaptain Bob Bartlett
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
1 The Casting Away of the Delight (1583)p. 63
2 The Shipwreck of Father Charles Lalemant, Philibert Noyrot, and Others, Off Cape Breton (1629)p. 68
3 Shipwreck and Distress Suffer'd Near the Coast of Newfoundland: The Anne (1704)p. 74
4 Account of A Wonderful Escape From the Effects of a Storm in a Journey Over the Frozen Sea in North America (1782)p. 99
5 Vessels in the Service of the Moravian Mission on the Coast of Labrador, and Some Shipwrecks (1770-1877)p. 110
6 Loss of His Majesty's Packet, the Lady Hobart (1803)p. 129
7 Extreme Personal Sufferings: The Rebecca (1816)p. 152
8 The H.M.S. Drake (1822)p. 163
9 Two Wrecks on the Petit Nord: The Belle-Julie and the Nathalie (1826)p. 175
10 Shipwreck and Sufferings of the Crew and Passengers of the Brig Neptune (1830)p. 189
11 A Newfoundland Missionary's Journal: The Despatch and Others (1835)p. 213
12 The Loss of the Barque Marshal M'Donald, Off Newfoundland (1835)p. 219
13 The Passage of the Pique Across the Atlantic (1835)p. 234
14 Awful Shipwreck: The Francis Spaight (1836)p. 264
15 Destruction of the Ocean Steamer Arctic, by Collision with the Vesta (1854)p. 281
16 That Terrible Day (1892): The Reasonp. 309
17 My First Shipwreck: The Corisande (1893)p. 314
Appendicesp. 325
Bibliographyp. 353
Indexp. 381