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Author Name:    JOHNSTON, James Wilbur, Captain). GRAHAM, Bruce, intro. AKERMAN, Dick, afterword.

Title:   High Spots : The Seagoing Memoirs of Captain James Wilbur Johnston. First Edition

Publisher:    Pottersfield Press, Lawrencetown Beach, 2012, ISBN:9781897426432 

Seller ID:   103773

(JOHNSTON, James Wilbur, Captain). High Spots : The Seagoing Memoirs of Captain James Wilbur Johnston. Introduction by Bruce Graham. Afterword by DickAkerman. Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia, Canada : Pottersfield Press, (20 12). First Edition. Pp. (2),3-157,(3). Illustrated in black and white. 8vo,illustrated grey card covers with red and blue lettering to front cover, w hite lettering to brown spine. "'High Spots; covers the seagoing career of James Wilbur Johnston and hits the highlights of his life from his birth in1854 until 1886, when he gave up his marine wanderings to marry. Johnston was born in Great Village, Nova Scotia, near the Fundy Shore, into the world of sailing men and sailing ship that he had inherited from his grandfather. He had many adventures at sea and a thousand stories to tell. This memoir of his early days at sea was written in the 1930s as an intimpate and revealing story for his children and grandchildren. He recorded the 'high spots' of his time as a sailor and a captain. As Bruce Graham notes in his introduction, 'What a story it is! The captain of cool temperament reveals tales of spellbinding voyages and dangerous adventure in understated tones. There is no bragging here, no ego on the pages, no huffing and puffing, and itis exactly this playing down of danger, this off-handedness of high advent ure and life-threatening misadventure, that give his words such a fascinating legacy. Captain Johnston is no teller of tall tales. He reveals his reveals his experiences is if his was an ordinary life. He witnessed murders, experienced shipwrecks, survived wicked winds, explored tropical islands andfar-off lands. ls- -But it is more - much more than that. This is not your typical seagoing story. Turning the pages, you actually get a sense of thi s man, as if he is in the room with you. Seldom is a reader granted such anexperience. A man like Captain Johnston was accustomed to the stinging whi p of a North Atlantic gale as well as the windless lulls of southern climates. [...] A good captain was all things to his crew: disciplinarian, doctor, barber, pastor, and yes, when necessary, even pacifier." - from the rear cover. Very good. Due to its small size, shipping costs should be cheaper than quoted. 12.50


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