The Log of a Jack Tar; Or, the Life of James Choyce, Master Mariner with O'brien's Captivity in France
London, England: T. Fisher Unwin, 1891. 1st Edition; 1st Printing. Hardcover. B&W Illustrations; This book is in Very Good+ condition and was possibly issued without a dust jacket. The book has been restitched, but is in its original binding. The book and its contents are in mostly clean, bright condition. The red cloth covers have noticeable ground-in dirt, especially to the spine. There are several spots of dirt and rubbing to the covers as well. The text pages are clean and bright. Both front and rear endpapers have been repaired professionally. The endpapers have noticeable ground-in dirt and finger marks. This book is part of "The Adventure Series". "Verney Lovett Cameron (1 July 1844 – 24 March 1894) was an English traveller in Central Africa and the first European to cross (1875) equatorial Africa from sea to sea..The remainder of Cameron's life was chiefly devoted to projects for the commercial development of Africa, and to editing and writing. His last work was the editing of the personal adventure narrative of the Master Mariner James Choyce, who had sailed as a teenager in 1797 aboard a whaler to the Pacific Ocean. Choyce's narrative covering 26 years of seafaring life is one of the earliest works of an Englishman's experiences in South America." "Of the truth of Choyce's narrative there can be no manner of doubt. Of course there must be some small allowance made for the fact of his having written his memoirs in a consecutive form after he had given up the sea; and considering the many adventures he experienced and the various hardships he endured, the notes which he was able to preserve must have been extremely scanty, though his memory was, as is porved by the accuracy of his description of his various routes in France, very exact and retentive." According to Comm. Cameron, both James Choyce and Captain O'Brien were captured by the forces of Napoleon and imprisoned. Both men escaped and managed to return to English vessels. James Choyce was a seaman and whaler who traveled more than once around the coast of South America. He includes some description of the Gallapagos islands in his narrative.. Very Good+ .
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Keywords: Ships & Sailing Comm. V. Lovett Cameron Verney Lovett Cameron James Choyce Captain O'brien Whalers South America Voyages Ships & Sailing