The Cruise of the Cachalot is the story of a ship-a South Sea whaler-and the men who sailed on her. First published in 1897, it is the first whaling account written from the standpoint of an accomplished seaman, by an accomplished seaman.

In 1869, at age 12, Frank Bullen went to sea. Over the years he travelled the world while serving in every capacity from ship's boy to first mate. In 1883 he became a clerk in the relatively new British Meteorological Office where he made a sufficient name for himself to eventually become a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. But, his first love was always the sea; and his primary respect was always for the common seaman. As a result, he spent the last years of his life writing books and lecturing in an attempt to better the health, safety and living conditions of those men.

The the level of detail presented in this book is truly astonishing. Making it all the more remarkable is that every bit of it is based on first-hand experience, and delivered with a unique and engaging mixture of literary simplicity and nautical authority.

If you wish to genuinely understand the world of the 19th Century whaler, the book to read is not Moby Dick, or some other moby-clone. It is this one.

The Cruise of the Cachalot

Author: Frank Thomas Bullen

Title: The Cruise of the Cachalot: Round the World After Sperm Whales

Series: n/a

First Published by: D. Appleton Company



Date: 1899




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