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SEA STRUCK, by W. H. Bunting, explores how some people seem to be born with salt water running in their veins and as soon as they are able, “go to sea.” For certain young men at the turn of the last century, this was as much a rite of passage as, for others, a “season” abroad. The experience was a transitory adventure for some; for others it was a life-shaping experience. SEA STRUCK is about the final decades of American square-rigged sail, as recorded in firsthand accounts of voyages made by three genteel young men from Massachusetts. There is plenty of adventure for our young men–storms, men overboard, a cargo of “Chinese passengers,” discipline that bordered on brutality, and exotic Far East ports–but these interwoven stories also demonstrate the fascinating web of connections in the New England Maritime History.
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