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A Flick of Sunshine: The Remarkable Shipwrecked, Marooned, Maritime Adventures and Tragic End of an American Original
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A Flick of Sunshine: The Remarkable Shipwrecked, Marooned, Maritime Adventures and Tragic End of an American Original (Hardback)

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The true and remarkable life of Richard Willis (Will) Jackson, an intrepid seaman from one of the leading shipbuilding families in 19th century Maine, whose exploits and adventures in the oceans of the world would rival characters straight out of the lives and imaginations of Joseph Conrad and Jack London. Will Jackson survived a harrowing shipwreck in the Marshall Islands, being washed overboard rounding Cape Horn and running down Alaskan glaciers over a tragically shortened life that ended in a most bizarre and pedestrian incident on the eve of realizing his life's ambition: appointment as master of a ship. After nine months of sometimes perilous life among natives in the South Sea islands in 1884, captured in chapters of a book he helped write, Jackson served on a series of large ships and coastal schooners - all based in the post-Gold Rush boomtown of San Francisco - that took him up and down the west coast from Alaska to Mexico and to the four corners of the earth. His faithful letters to his family in Maine and a diary offer a compelling portrait of an extraordinary young man of character and independent spirit, intellect and curiosity, no small ambition and that most admirable of traits, an abiding sense of humor.

BiographyTrue storiesTrue stories of heroism, endurance & survival Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publication Date: 01/12/2021 ISBN-13: 9781493060818  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Frederic B. Hill, a former foreign correspondent for The Baltimore Sun in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, is author of Ships, Swindlers and Scalded Hogs, the Rise and Fall of the Crooker Shipyard in Bath, Maine (Down East Books, 2016). Alexander J. Hill is a consultant in the financial technology field.

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