Live Yankees: The Sewalls and Their Ships

4.5 avg rating
( 4 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780884483151: Live Yankees: The Sewalls and Their Ships
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

For nearly a century members of the Sewall family of Bath, Maine, built and managed a fleet of stout deepwater square-riggers―a fascinating story. Correspondence from their captains offers adventure of another kind―mutinies, shipwrecks, and “cannibal isles.”

No family has been more intimately associated with the history of the city of Bath, then among the most productive shipbuilding communities of any size in the world. Despite a veneer of old-fashioned formalized civility, international shipping in the late 1800s and early 1900s was a highly competitive, low-margin, and often cut-throat business. While the Sewalls' shrewd responses to market changes make a fascinating story, the surviving correspondence from their captains offers adventure of another kind. Sewall captains were required to make regular reports to the Sewall office, and this correspondence is a treasure-trove of stories about the voyages of Sewall ships--surly crews, mutinies, plagues, shipwrecks, cannibal isles, destitute widows, and more, along with details of ship performance, weather encountered, trouble in port, and even lawsuits. The Sewalls also invested in railroads and other non-maritime securities and speculations, and also became involved in politics, but it is in the maritime world that they are best remembered. As the owners of the last surviving important fleet of American square-riggers engaged in worldwide trade, it was the Sewalls' fate to draw the curtain on this economic enterprise. No family had worked more assiduously, more stubbornly, or with more enterprise to delay the arrival of that day.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

W. H. “BILL” Bunting is the author of a number of critically acclaimed works of history including Portrait of a Port: Boston 1852-1914; Steamers, Schooners, Cutters, and Sloops: The Marine Photographs of N. L. Stebbins; A Day's Work: A Sampler of Historic Maine Photographs, 1860-1920 (in two volumes); The Camera's Coast: Historic Images of Sea and Shore in New England; Live Yankees; and Maine on Glass: The Early Twentieth Century in Glass Plate Photography.  With Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., he wrote An Eye for the Coast: The Monhegan and Maritime Photographs of Eric Hudson and Maine on Glass: The Early Twentieth Century in Glass Plate Photography. Bill Bunting shipped as galley boy aboard the brigantine Yankee at age 13 and later completed a 25,000-mile world voyage as first mate of a 132-foot barkentine.

Review:

"...tells the story of the family and their strong force of merchant vessels that dominated sea trade as the nineteenth century drew to a close and the twentieth century began. Drawing stories not just from the Sewall family themselves, Live Yankees also picks from the cornucopia of stories that played out on their ships. A biography of a family and a business, Live Yankees is well worth the read for those curious about business or seafaring history."

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Bunting, W H.
Published by Tilbury House Publishers
ISBN 10: 0884483150 ISBN 13: 9780884483151
New Hardcover Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Tilbury House Publishers. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0884483150 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # SWATI2132382936

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Bunting, W.H.
Published by Tilbury House/Maine Maritime, Maine (2009)
ISBN 10: 0884483150 ISBN 13: 9780884483151
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Crowfly Books
(South Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Tilbury House/Maine Maritime, Maine, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. This is a New and Unread copy of the first edition sealed in the publisher's shrink wrap as issued. Book. Seller Inventory # 030801

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 28.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.75
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

W. H. Bunting
Published by Tilbury House Publishers (2009)
ISBN 10: 0884483150 ISBN 13: 9780884483151
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Tilbury House Publishers, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0884483150

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 31.58
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

W H Bunting
Published by Tilbury House Publishers, United States (2009)
ISBN 10: 0884483150 ISBN 13: 9780884483151
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Tilbury House Publishers, United States, 2009. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. No family has been more intimately associated with the history of the city of Bath, then among the most productive shipbuilding communities of any size in the world. Despite a veneer of old-fashioned formalized civility, international shipping in the late 1800s and early 1900s was a highly competitive, low-margin, and often cut-throat business. While the Sewalls shrewd responses to market changes make a fascinating story, the surviving correspondence from their captains offers adventure of another kind. Sewall captains were required to make regular reports to the Sewall office, and this correspondence is a treasure-trove of stories about the voyages of Sewall ships--surly crews, mutinies, plagues, shipwrecks, cannibal isles, destitute widows, and more, along with details of ship performance, weather encountered, trouble in port, and even lawsuits. The Sewalls also invested in railroads and other non-maritime securities and speculations, and also became involved in politics, but it is in the maritime world that they are best remembered. As the owners of the last surviving important fleet of American square-riggers engaged in worldwide trade, it was the Sewalls fate to draw the curtain on this economic enterprise. No family had worked more assiduously, more stubbornly, or with more enterprise to delay the arrival of that day. Seller Inventory # BZV9780884483151

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 36.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

W H. Bunting
Published by Tilbury House Publishers (2009)
ISBN 10: 0884483150 ISBN 13: 9780884483151
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Tilbury House Publishers, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0884483150

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 40.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

W H Bunting
Published by Tilbury House Publishers, United States (2009)
ISBN 10: 0884483150 ISBN 13: 9780884483151
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Tilbury House Publishers, United States, 2009. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. No family has been more intimately associated with the history of the city of Bath, then among the most productive shipbuilding communities of any size in the world. Despite a veneer of old-fashioned formalized civility, international shipping in the late 1800s and early 1900s was a highly competitive, low-margin, and often cut-throat business. While the Sewalls shrewd responses to market changes make a fascinating story, the surviving correspondence from their captains offers adventure of another kind. Sewall captains were required to make regular reports to the Sewall office, and this correspondence is a treasure-trove of stories about the voyages of Sewall ships--surly crews, mutinies, plagues, shipwrecks, cannibal isles, destitute widows, and more, along with details of ship performance, weather encountered, trouble in port, and even lawsuits. The Sewalls also invested in railroads and other non-maritime securities and speculations, and also became involved in politics, but it is in the maritime world that they are best remembered. As the owners of the last surviving important fleet of American square-riggers engaged in worldwide trade, it was the Sewalls fate to draw the curtain on this economic enterprise. No family had worked more assiduously, more stubbornly, or with more enterprise to delay the arrival of that day. Seller Inventory # BZV9780884483151

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 42.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Bunting, W H.
Published by Tilbury House Publishers (2009)
ISBN 10: 0884483150 ISBN 13: 9780884483151
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Tilbury House Publishers, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110884483150

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 63.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Bunting, W. H.
Published by Tilbury House Pub (2009)
ISBN 10: 0884483150 ISBN 13: 9780884483151
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Tilbury House Pub, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 496 pages. 10.25x7.50x1.75 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0884483150

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 57.16
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 8.03
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds