Committed to the Deep
Paperback 270 pp
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Have you ever said, or heard someone else say, "I wish I had taped grandfather's or grandmother's stories!" If there is one message the author would leave with readers, it is just that: Record and preserve the tales of our ancestors, the link between their past and our future.
Committed to the Deep: Stories and Mernoirs has thirty-nine stories - thrilling tales of the sea for all of us . . . as told by our forbearers.
How a Man and his Schooner Survived
Lashed to the Masts off PEI
Burin's Mystery of the Deep
Wreck of the First Dragger on St. Pierre
Derelict Sails into Port, but What Happened to the Crew?
Reluctant Captain at Age Nineteen
A Near Riot Caused by Potatoes!
"Julia A. Anderson" Disappears
Handling Prohibition Liquor off New York
Sixteen Days Adrift
Ship Struck/Sunk by Lightning: Three Eye Witness Accounts
Read, as they tell it, yarns and anecdotes about: collision at sea, disappearances, house wrecked by a boat, fire and explosion, driven across the ocean and into Scotland, lighthouses, St. Pierre, rescue in mid-ocean, a kedgie's work, a woman's heroics, the Greenland armed escort and much more.
Again Robert Parsons has produced a volume of unique and often fascinating sea stories. His six previous books have been well-accepted by Newfoundlanders at home or away and by all
About the Author
Robert Parsons was born in Grand Bank, Newfoundland,
and grew up in that community just at the time the wooden
boats were disappearing from the South Coast ports. He
was told sea tales by his father, who spent a life-time sailing
on the great banking schooners.
Robert studied clerk accounting before attending Memorial
University of Newfoundland in St. John's and, after holding
a number of teaching positions in various parts of
Newfoundland, eventually returned to teach in his home
town of Grand Bank, where he and his wife are also kept
busy raising their three children.
Several years ago Parsons rediscovered his interest in the
history and heritage of the bank fishery. Archival research
and talks with schoonermen led to amazing tales of human
endurance and tragedy; stories which if unrecorded, might
be lost forever. As a result, Parson's personal journey as a
writer had begun.