The Shipwreck and Eventual Rescue of James B. Vincent of the Whaling Bark Napoleon


Richard Hershberger

Richard Hershberger is a paralegal working in Maryland. When he isn't doing whatever it is that paralegals do, or taking his daughters to Girl Scouts, he is dedicated to the collection and analysis of useless and unremunerative information.

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10 Responses

  1. Avatar Doctor Jay says:

    Ok, if Cape Navarin isn’t on Google Maps, then the least you can do is provide us with coordinates or a link. Since you seem to have found it and given us a photograph.

    Or is this all, ahem, secret knowlege?Report

  2. Avatar Marchmaine says:

    I am usually astounded to learn that the fictional stories of Seafaring we all enjoy are actually scrubbed and sanitized versions of what it actually takes to fare the sea.Report

  3. Avatar North says:

    I’ll provide the soundtrack: a Whalerman song sung by one of Canada’s national treasures:

  4. Avatar Joe Sal says:

    Thanks for this, enjoyed it a great deal.
    I found some interesting marine history of the NE when tracking down some tool references:

  5. Avatar Kolohe says:

    After the usual refit (which I assume included whoring, though you never know with those New Englanders),

    This is probably true – they were sailors first, New Englanders 2nd – but it should be noted that Honolulu was a much more ‘buttoned down’ and ‘civilized’ city than San Francisco was at the time. Many of the ‘ first use of [x] technology west of the Mississippi’ were in Hawaii, and at the royal palace in particular.Report

  6. Avatar Miss Mary says:

    I like the ending when they were all shot.Report