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  • By Paul Simpson
    Aug 6, 2016
    A review by C. Douglas Maginley The Montebello was still a small ship by today’s standards and she sailed the stormy southern ocean on her way to Australia and around Cape Horn. They had to draw upon their ultimate resources in energy and seamanlike skills just to survive. On slow passages, food could be nearly exhausted. The way the author, who obviously had access to the logbooks, has traced all these long voyages gives the reader a true picture of what it was like for the crew of a sailing ship in the early years of the last century. Both of the Montebello’s commanders were able and experienced mariners and popular with their crews. It was Captain Kervegan’s misfortune to lose the ship when, in storm darkness and low visibility, she ran aground on Kangaroo Island while trying to reach Port Adelaide. With skill, bravery and determination they improvised a breeches buoy and got all the crew and the ship’s dog ashore on a remote uninhabited headland; but aid did arrive and eventually... More > they were repatriated to France. Captain Kervegan also lost a subsequent command, the barque Croisset, on the coast of Ireland. The accounts of both shipwrecks make exciting reading. This did his career no good but he performed distinguished service commanding steamships in in World War One and died in 1963, a prominent citizen of the Nantes area. A notable feature of the book are the illustrations which include many representations of the ports and loading berths mentioned in the text. These are all contemporary with the story; many are old postcards. There are photographs of the wrecks of the Montebello and the Croisset as well as of the ships and crew members. This is a most interesting, well researched, little book. C. Douglas Maginley. Mahone Bay, NS< Less
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Product Details

Second Edition
Clippership Press
June 21, 2016
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.54 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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