Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy

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(4.5 stars; 22 reviews)

A collection of true stories of the high seas, from the nineteenth century. Shipwrecks, mutiny, life and death decision-making -- all far from home, while pitting themselves against the elements. The romance of the seafaring life is depicted in its brutal reality. - Summary by Lynne Thompson (14 hr 11 min)


Preface 2:56 Read by Larry Wilson
Adventures of Capt. Woodward and Five Seamen in the island of Celebes 17:38 Read by DrPGould
An Occurrence at sea 5:23 Read by Kryptonian
Loss of H. B. M ship Phœnix, off Cuba 34:57 Read by DrPGould
An account of the Whale Fishery, with anecdotes of the dangers attending it 47:57 Read by Mary Thaler
Loss of the Brig Tyrrel 22:52 Read by DrPGould
Loss of the Peggy 16:47 Read by mbm0rxi
Loss of H. B. M. ship Litchfield 23:42 Read by Franziska Paul
Wreck of the Rothsay Castle Steamer 12:21 Read by BettyB
Loss of the French ship Droits de L’Homme 9:39 Read by BettyB
Loss of H. B. M. ship Queen Charlotte 5:56 Read by BettyB
A Scene on the Atlantic Ocean 1:43 Read by Melvin Lee
Wreck of the French Frigate Medusa, on the Arguin Bank Part 1 37:37 Read by mbm0rxi
Wreck of the French Frigate Medusa, on the Arguin Bank Part 2 38:09 Read by mbm0rxi
Wreck of the French Frigate Medusa, on the Arguin Bank Part 3 35:58 Read by mbm0rxi
Wreck of the French Frigate Medusa, on the Arguin Bank Part 4 43:58 Read by mbm0rxi
Loss of the Royal George 6:19 Read by Melvin Lee
Loss of the Æneas, transport 9:53 Read by Melvin Lee
The Absent Ship 2:07 Read by Melvin Lee
Loss of the Halsewell, East Indiaman 27:03 Read by mbm0rxi
An account of Four Russians, abandoned on the Island of East Spitzbergen 17:49 Read by DrPGould
Loss of the Amphitrite, Female Convict Ship 8:42 Read by BettyB
The Mutineers, a Tale of the Sea 16:16 Read by Lynne T
Fate of Seven Sailors, left on the island of St. Maurice 7:11 Read by phxtopdog
Seamen wintering in Spitzbergen 7:40 Read by DrPGould
A Man Overboard 6:46 Read by James K. White
An Escape through the Cabin-Windows 13:50 Read by Melvin Lee
Tom Cringle’s Log 12:33 Read by Melvin Lee
Loss of the Nautilus, Sloop of War 27:20 Read by phxtopdog
Wreck of a Slave Ship 4:32 Read by DrPGould
The Wrecked Seamen 16:41 Read by aniroo
Adventures of Philip Ashton Part 1 26:51 Read by DrPGould
Adventures of Philip Ashton Part 2 25:19 Read by DrPGould
Explosion of H. B. M. ship Amphion 16:07 Read by Lynne T
Loss of H. B. M. ship La Tribune 13:32 Read by Melvin Lee
Burning of the Prince, a French East Indiaman 26:37 Read by Romano
Wreck of the Schooner Betsey 7:29 Read by BettyB
Early American Heroism 5:13 Read by Melvin Lee
Fingal’s Cave 1:44 Read by ToddHW
Loss of H. B. M. ship Ramillies 24:17 Read by Lynne T
Preservation of Nine Seamen 20:47 Read by John
Capt. Ross’s Expedition 24:27 Read by John
Loss of the Catharine, Venus, and Piedmont, transports, and three Merchant Ships 27:27 Read by Mary Thaler
Wreck of the Ship Sidney 12:17 Read by mbm0rxi
Loss of the Duke William, transport 38:50 Read by DrPGould
Commodore Barney 9:57 Read by ToddHW
Naval Battles of the United States 26:11 Read by KHand
Address to the Ocean 1:40 Read by Larry Wilson


Loved it

(3.5 stars)

Fantastic accounts of naval tragedies. 1. One learns so much about the life on ship, 2. one learns so much about the lives in yore, 3. there is so much knowledge about the behaviour of humans when faced with tragedies, 4. the language is fantastic.

terror and drama!

(4 stars)

Shipwreck may be ranked among the greatest evils which man can experience. It is never void of danger, frequently of fatal issue, and invariably productive of regret. It is one against which there is the least resource, where patience, fortitude and ingenuity are in most cases, unavailing, except to protract a struggle with destiny, which, at length, proves irresistible. But amidst the myriads unceasingly swallowed up by the deep, it is not by the numbers that we are to judge of the miseries endured. Hundreds may at once meet an instantaneous fate, hardly conscious of its approach, while a few individuals may linger out existence, daily in hope of succor, and at length be compelled to the horrible alternative of preying on each other for the support of life. Neither is it by the Narratives about to be given that we are to calculate on the frequency of shipwreck. It is an event that has been of constant occurrence since a period long anterior to what the earliest records can reach. In England it is calculated that about 5000 natives of the British Isles yearly perish at sea. This perpetual exposure to peril, however, materially contributes to the formation of character, and hence are sailors preeminently distinguished by courage, endurance, and ready invention. Habituated to the instability of the ocean, they make little account of danger, and are invariably the first in [Pg vi] matters of the most daring enterprise. Incessantly subjected to toil, they labor long and patiently without murmur, and the prompt and vigorous measures which are indispensable to their security, teach them the immediate application of whatever means are within their power. A natural desire to know the fate of their fellow creatures seems implanted in the breast of mankind, and the most powerful sympathies are excited by listening to the misfortunes of the innocent. To record some impressive examples of calamity, or unlooked for deliverance, is the object of these pages; and it will be seen of what astonishing advantage are the virtues of decision, temperance, perseverance and unwavering hope in moments of extreme peril and despair. (From the preface)

Excellent book, Variety of Story's

(4 stars)

Excellent variety of stories offering different insights into the courage or cowardice displayed under duress at sea. Some readers better than others, but all understandable and enjoyed.