Sea History 106 - Winter 2003-2004

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SEA HISTORY

No. 106

WINTER2004

CONTENTS FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE

W ISCONS IN HISTO RJCA L SOC IETY

7 Schooner Lucerne: Lessons from a Great Lakes Shipwreck, by Andrew Jalbert Lake Superior's icy freshwater has beautifully preserved hundreds ofshipwrecks. The Lucerne's story teaches us about the realities ofseafaring on the lakes and shows how cultural resource management can serve the public. 10 A New Drake Myth, by Edward Von der Porten President ofthe Drake Navigators G uild Edward Von der Porten debunks a new book with false claims about Sir Francis D rake's Pacific Northwest voyage.

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15 Historic Ships on a Lee Shore, by D eirdre O 'Regan and Joe Follansbee A distress call regarding the uncertain futures ofthree historic American ships: Schooner Ernestina ofMassachusetts, SS Catalina in Ensenada, Mexico (formerly ofsouthern California), and Seattle's Schooner Wawona. 2 1 Master and Commander-The Far Side of the World: Comments on Historical Accuracy, by W illiam H . White Patrick O'Brian's huge success stemmed largely from the meticulous detail and accuracy with which he portrayed his characters and the nautical traditions of the Royal Navy. How did the movie measure up?

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22 Dr. Charles Webster, Ship's Surgeon: A Diary from Sea 1896-97, edited by Robert M. Webster, MD Dr. Webster embarked on a non-stop voyage from N ew j ersey to j apan in the Last days ofsail. His observations give a first-hand account oflife at sea when steamships were on the verge ofwiping out the sailing ship era forever. 30 MARINE ART: The Life and Art of John Prentiss Benson, by Margaret M. Betts, commentary by John G. H agan

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35 Maritime History on the Internet, by Peter McCracken Maritime historian, lib rarian, and entrepreneur, Peter McCracken guides you on your research via the internet.

COVER: A Fair Wind by john Prentiss Benson. (oil/canvas, 24x42 ': date unknown). See pages 30-32. This painting and other works ofjohn Prentiss Benson will be on disp lay this summer at the Portsmouth Athenaeum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 30

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