Ate the Dog Yesterday

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Ate the Dog Yesterday

By Graham Faiella

 

511 Pages, Whittles Publishing

£30.00p   978 -1-84995-089-3

Non-Fiction

If you want to start the New Year off in style then this is the book for you! It is a compelling true-life story about mariners dreadful experiences at sea during the heyday of deep-sea commercial sail.

Did you know that in 1895 that the total number of men employed was a total of 217,794 and that the total number of deaths was 1,862 of which 990 was by drowning – I don’t know what Health and Safety would say about that.

Recounted mainly as original narrative compiled from the casualties columns and pages of Lloyd’s List. This book is a wealth of fascinating topics including strandings, mutiny, murder, messages in a bottle and seaquakes.

The constant dangers that deep-sea sailing ships and sailors of the late 19th Century and early 20th centuries faced were numerous and this book recounts the true-life dramas of their perils and misfortunes.

Life was tough for the sailors in sail, shipboard work was hard and routinely dangerous. Crew members were frequently killed by the sea, or by any number of dangers they faced while working their ships.

Great disasters from around the world are featured, with remarkable voyages, mutinies, hoaxes, curiosities and disease, this book has a fund of amazing tales to engross the reader.

The author Graham Faiella was formally a magazine journalist, editor and consultant and has had various educational and social history titles published, and is a member of the Society of Authors.