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> For an excellent first hand account from one of the sailors of the
> Hamilton, read "Ned Myers, A Life Before the Mast" by James Fenimore
I have been wanting to check this one out for some time but it looks like
its last reprint was in 1989.
It can be found at your friendly neighbourhood AMAZON.COM but at the
unfriendly price of $53. (CDN)
So....for those who've had the chance to read it, is it worth the price or
should one search it out at a library?
- --- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "Rich Parkinson"
> I have been wanting to check this one out for some time but it lookslike
> its last reprint was in 1989.price or
> It can be found at your friendly neighbourhood AMAZON.COM but at the
> unfriendly price of $53. (CDN)
> So....for those who've had the chance to read it, is it worth the
> should one search it out at a library?Rich,
I would buy it. I bought mine in the 1980's for $36US and had to
special order it then. It is a Naval Institute Press book and is
nicely bound with quality paper and even a ribbon bookmark. It has
incredible detail on the workings of a maritime career, both military
and civilian. Myers was born in Halifax, N.S., son to a career British
officer who was an aid to Prince Edward. Prince Edward was also
godfather to Ned and father of the future Queen Victoria. He got out
of Halifax by stowing away on a ship to New York. Later he was
shipmates with James Fenimore Cooper, to whom he recounted his life
story upon retirement. It covers about a 40 year period starting
If you punch "birdsandbooks zshop" into your search engine (WITH the space,
just as typed there) you should get a sub-set service of Amazon which
connects to Birds and Books in Connecticut, nr Hartford. They have a
"fine/no jacket" copy of Ned Myer for $25.00 US - bit friendlier than $53.00!
I don't know theses peole, was jsut "surfing" and found them, but the get
4.5/5 stars on Amazon's customer driven used book listings. For what its
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