The Lost Hero of Cape Cod: Captain Asa Eldridge and the Maritime Trade That Shaped America

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The Lost Hero of Cape Cod tells the story of an extraordinary nineteenth-century mariner... and of a morale-boosting victory for the young United States over Britain in the commercial battle that broke out on the Atlantic after the War of 1812.

Born in a small village on Cape Cod in 1809, Asa Eldridge grew up to become one of the world’s greatest shipmasters. Even today, he still holds the record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic by a sailing ship, which he set on a run from New York to Liverpool in 1854. But this record is only part of his story, which includes voyages to numerous countries, command of Cornelius Vanderbilt’s private yacht, an early move into steamships, and a mysterious end that eerily foreshadowed the Titanic disaster half a century later.

In recounting Eldridge’s fascinating career, Vincent Miles also tells a much broader story—of the rise of America’s merchant navy to a dominant position over Britain’s in the decades following the War of 1812, and of the government-subsidized British response that created the legendary Cunard Line. And along the way, Miles offers a guided tour of the maritime trade that shaped America, and a memorial to the courageous men who made it possible.

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Vincent Miles grew up in Liverpool, and as a child spent many happy hours exploring its waterfront and absorbing its maritime history. Many years later, having lived in the US for several decades, he was intrigued to discover that his house on Cape Cod had once been home to a captain who sailed to Liverpool. Further investigation revealed that the captain in question was much less interesting than a cousin who lived just around the corner and so was presumably a regular visitor: Asa Eldridge. After realizing that one of the most famous mariners ever to sail to his hometown had very probably sat in his current living room, Miles felt a compulsion to find out more. The Lost Hero of Cape Cod is the result of that compulsion.

When he can tear himself away from the story of Asa Eldridge, Miles works in the biotech industry in the Boston area. He holds a B.Sc. in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from University College London.

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"The Lost Hero of Cape Cod is both a fascinating true-life history and a glimpse into the all-too-perilous world of the 1800's mariner. Meticulously pieced together from exhaustive research, Eldridge's story is a tale of war, peace, extraordinary heroism, and heartbreaking tragedy. Of particular interest is the recounting of notable nautical disasters of the time. (Tragically, the RMS Titanic was not the first case in which a sinking ship carried far too few lifeboats to save the majority of its passengers and crew; just one of the most notorious.) Highly recommended, especially for public library nautical and biography collections."
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"An old seafaring world comes to life in this examination of the coastal trade ofthe mid-1800s.... Miles expertly describes the life of a sea captain in Eldridge'sday... Readers already curious about the trans-Atlantic trade, the early days ofsteam shipping, and all that rigging and hauling should learn a lot from thisdeeply researched book... An absorbing and comprehensive study of a sea captainand place largely forgotten by history."
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"... the author deftly creates a 'life and times' of Asa Eldridge that stands in requiem not only for Eldridge, but for a wider class of forgotten heroes...."
Sea History magazine (National Maritime Historical Society)
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"...prose as lively and fast-paced as a clipper under full sail, and historical reconstruction as dependable as a copper-bottomed hull. [The] crew of larger-than-life historical figures includes not just Eldridge and his two seafaring brothers John and Oliver, but also Vanderbilt, legendary shipbuilder Donald McKay, transatlantic rivals and sometime colluders Samuel Cunard and Edward Collins, and others...
Amid a broader seascape... Miles paints a picture of the early days of Yarmouth and Cape Cod that will delight local history buffs."
Yarmouth Register/Wicked Local Cape Cod-----------------------------------------------------------

"Liverpool native Vincent Miles was intrigued to find himself living in a Cape Cod house that was once inhabited by Cape native Asa Eldridge who, more than two centuries after his birth, still holds the record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic by a sailing ship. (It was an 1854 run from New York to Liverpool.) Miles' research took him beyond Eldridge and into the effects his seamanship had on America's maritime trade. With historical drawings and notations, 'The Lost Hero of Cape Cod' is a great read for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the peninsula's history and its impact on the nation." 
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