The Life And Adventures Of John Nicol, Mariner

The Life And Adventures Of John Nicol Mariner The true story of a pioneering sailor who travelled the world at the end of the th century In his many voyages the Scottish born John Nichol circumnavigated the globe visiting every inhabited cont

  • Title: The Life And Adventures Of John Nicol, Mariner
  • Author: John Nicol Tim Flannery
  • ISBN: 9781841950914
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback
  • The true story of a pioneering sailor who travelled the world at the end of the 18th century In his many voyages, the Scottish born John Nichol circumnavigated the globe, visiting every inhabited continent He participated in many of the greatest events of exploration and adventure He battled pirates, traded with Native Americans and fought for the British Navy in the AmThe true story of a pioneering sailor who travelled the world at the end of the 18th century In his many voyages, the Scottish born John Nichol circumnavigated the globe, visiting every inhabited continent He participated in many of the greatest events of exploration and adventure He battled pirates, traded with Native Americans and fought for the British Navy in the American and French Revolutions he also travelled on the first female convict ship to Australia, was entertained in Hawaii by the king s court, days after the murder of Captain James Cook, and witnessed the horrors of the slave system in Jamaica.

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    1. I cannot decide how many stars to give this book! Yes, it is amazing that there even exists a book about an ordinary person's life back in the latter half of the 1700s. It's amazing how much he travelled (twice around the globe). Here is an unpretentious, nice guy who simply adores travelling, seeing new places, learning about his world. And he did no much - took part in the naval battles fought by Britain when America sought independence and also the naval battles following the French Revolutio [...]

    2. This book is a gem and the only known account of the Lady Juliana, which brought 200 plus convict women to Australia after the first fleet. John Nicols fell in love on board with Sarah Whitlam, a convict who had his son before the ship arrived in Australia. Separated at gun point shortly after arrival in Australia, John Nicols would spend the next decade trying to be reunited with Sarah and their son.For anyone who finishes this and wonders what Sarah’s side of the story is, a great follow up [...]

    3. If you like narratives of early maritime voyages, you will enjoy this work. John Nicol (1755-1825) sailed on a number of British ships between 1776 and 1801. His writings were recently rediscovered and edited by Tim Flannery, Director of the South Australian Museum in Adelaide. Especially enjoyable is a chapter on transporting women prisoners from London to Botany Bay, Australia; any one of the women's stories could be the basis of a fascinating book or motion picture.

    4. Excellent account of a mariner and his adventures around the world. It's a glimpse into the life and world of being out at sea from 1776-1801 in the author's own words (his stories were written by someone who wanted to capture the stories of these "veterans" as they were forgotten by society. John Nicol born in 1755 (a year younger than Bligh), press ganged into service. Served in the War of Independence and then went to Greenland, West Indies, South Pacific, China and then also came out to the [...]

    5. A glimpse into the life of a mariner when the world was less know and the adventures were just part of the job. Great stuff on the "Lady Juliana".

    6. This is a charming little narrative of an ordinary seaman who twice rounded the globe. Of particular interest to me was his voyage on the female convict ship the Lady Juliana. His brief biographies of some of the women are corroborated by other sources. Nicol really illustrates the genuine fear sailors lived in of being press-ganged. His adventures span from the American Revolution to the Napoleonic wars. It is a narrative and life worthy of a movie. It reads simply and with pathos. Nicol's desc [...]

    7. I loved this book simply because it gives a rare insight into the life of an ordinary person in the late eighteenth century.Nicol was a Scottish seaman who spent his adult life in the merchant navy and latterly as a "pressed man" in the British Royal Navy.He speaks eloquently of his voyages from whaling off Greenland to meeting the natives of the Sandwich Islands (The Hawiian Islands) just days after Captain Cook was murdred there.He also gives first-hand accounts of three levels on depravity in [...]

    8. This wonderful book is up there with Joshua Slocum's great saga "Sailing Alone Around the World". The two men lived during the same period of history and it's tantalising to think that their paths may well have crossed. When he was a very old man, John Nicol was discovered picking up lumps of coal to keep from freezing, by a publisher who encouraged him to write his memoirs. He writes in his own voice about his many voyages and events that we're more familiar reading about in history books. Reco [...]

    9. Found this little biography in London in a museum gift shop, and couldn't put it down--a real-life adventure at sea, complete with romance, Napoleonic-era battles, and all the ingredients of a great movie. Loved the epilogue about how the author was 'discovered' by the biographer, as a poor & destitute old man gathering coals in Edinburgh, and then sales of the book made him rich!

    10. A history of a comman man that just "happened" to sail around the world 6 times and live to tell about it favorite part is where he tells the story of the sailor who took a wife so fat they had to hoist her on board the ship with the cargo pulleys.

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