Gift Guide: For Lovers of Sea Stories

From captains to boat builders, close calls to shipwrecks, these books have something for everyone!

 

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Desperation by Gary Collins

Shipwreck. Starvation. Cannibalism. For the first time, celebrated author Gary Collins brings to life the tale of the brigantine Queen of Swansea. Bound for Newfoundland in December 1867, the vessel made her first port of call in St. John’s, only to meet her doom on the rocks of Gull Island, Cape John. The following spring, Captain Mark Rowsell of Leading Tickles chanced upon the fallen ship’s crew on his return voyage from the seal hunt. His discovery of the wreckage, and the fate of the men and women on board, marks a chilling and unforgettable event that has echoed worldwide in the history of seagoing vessels.

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Heroes of the Sea by Robert C. Parsons

Globe and Mail bestselling author Robert C. Parsons presents more than fifty exciting stories of high-seas adventure! Set mainly along the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador in the 1800s and 1900s, these are true stories of men and women who faced the deadly Atlantic Ocean—and won.

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The Call of the Ocean by Nigel Cave

In The Call of the Ocean, Jim Wellman profiles some of the most fascinating men and women ever to answer the call of the North Atlantic. These modern-day heroes of the sea include: Richard Gillett from Twillingate, captain of the Midnight Shadow and star of Discovery Channel’s hit television show Cold Water Cowboys; Marilyn Clark from Magdalene Islands, a rising star in the Atlantic Canadian fishing industry; Dave Quinton, long-time host of CBC Television’s Land and Sea and a household name in Newfoundland and Labrador; Norma Richardson from Harrigan Cove, a tireless advocate for Nova Scotian fishermen and fisherwomen; Tommy O’Brien of Cape Broyle, the youngest-ever appointed captain with the Canadian Coast Guard . . . and many more!

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Left to Die by Gary Collins

A storytelling masterpiece, Left to Die is Gary Collins’s most ambitious and creative work to date. With new photos and new research revealed, he recalls with stunning clarity what history remembers about the SS Newfoundland sealing disaster of March 1914.

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Captain Kean’s Secret by T. C. Badcock

Culled from the personal diaries of Jessie Lewis, Captain Kean’s Secret is the history of a family embroiled in one of St. John’s best-known class struggles of the twentieth century—the bitter conflict between the fish merchants and the working class—and the true story of a young girl who recorded it all, including her own shocking revelation, which lies intertwined with the fate of one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most famous sealing captains.