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Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy

Gelesen von LibriVox Volunteers

(4,476 Sterne; 21 Bewertungen)

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)




Read by Larry Wilson

Adventures of Capt. Woodward and Five Seamen in the island of Celebes


Read by DrPGould

An Occurrence at sea


Read by Kryptonian

Loss of H. B. M ship Phœnix, off Cuba


Read by DrPGould

An account of the Whale Fishery, with anecdotes of the dangers attending it


Read by Mary Thaler

Loss of the Brig Tyrrel


Read by DrPGould

Loss of the Peggy


Read by mbm0rxi

Loss of H. B. M. ship Litchfield


Read by Franziska Paul

Wreck of the Rothsay Castle Steamer


Read by BettyB

Loss of the French ship Droits de L’Homme


Read by BettyB

Loss of H. B. M. ship Queen Charlotte


Read by BettyB

A Scene on the Atlantic Ocean


Read by Melvin Lee

Wreck of the French Frigate Medusa, on the Arguin Bank Part 1


Read by mbm0rxi

Wreck of the French Frigate Medusa, on the Arguin Bank Part 2


Read by mbm0rxi

Wreck of the French Frigate Medusa, on the Arguin Bank Part 3


Read by mbm0rxi

Wreck of the French Frigate Medusa, on the Arguin Bank Part 4


Read by mbm0rxi

Loss of the Royal George


Read by Melvin Lee

Loss of the Æneas, transport


Read by Melvin Lee

The Absent Ship


Read by Melvin Lee

Loss of the Halsewell, East Indiaman


Read by mbm0rxi

An account of Four Russians, abandoned on the Island of East Spitzbergen


Read by DrPGould

Loss of the Amphitrite, Female Convict Ship


Read by BettyB

The Mutineers, a Tale of the Sea


Read by Lynne T

Fate of Seven Sailors, left on the island of St. Maurice


Read by phxtopdog

Seamen wintering in Spitzbergen


Read by DrPGould

A Man Overboard


Read by James K. White

An Escape through the Cabin-Windows


Read by Melvin Lee

Tom Cringle’s Log


Read by Melvin Lee

Loss of the Nautilus, Sloop of War


Read by phxtopdog

Wreck of a Slave Ship


Read by DrPGould

The Wrecked Seamen


Read by aniroo

Adventures of Philip Ashton Part 1


Read by DrPGould

Adventures of Philip Ashton Part 2


Read by DrPGould

Explosion of H. B. M. ship Amphion


Read by Lynne T

Loss of H. B. M. ship La Tribune


Read by Melvin Lee

Burning of the Prince, a French East Indiaman


Read by Romano

Wreck of the Schooner Betsey


Read by BettyB

Early American Heroism


Read by Melvin Lee

Fingal’s Cave


Read by ToddHW

Loss of H. B. M. ship Ramillies


Read by Lynne T

Preservation of Nine Seamen


Read by John

Capt. Ross’s Expedition


Read by John

Loss of the Catharine, Venus, and Piedmont, transports, and three Merchant Ships


Read by Mary Thaler

Wreck of the Ship Sidney


Read by mbm0rxi

Loss of the Duke William, transport


Read by DrPGould

Commodore Barney


Read by ToddHW

Naval Battles of the United States


Read by KHand

Address to the Ocean


Read by Larry Wilson


Loved it

(3,5 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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 Sterne)

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.