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story of the US Exploring Expedi tion of 1838-1842. In this tale, a half-Maori half-New Englander, Wiki Coffin, is abo ut to em bark on the ambitious "Ex.-Ex." as a translator when he is falsely accused of mu rder. Shordy convinced of his innocence, the authorities set Coffin back aboard ship with a secret mission to investigate their next suspect, the expedition's as tronomer. That's the set up, and Druett sends us on a journey where we learn much more than the plot of a gripping mystery. We learn abo ut the real expeditio n's difficulties under its commander, Lt. Charles Wilkes, and abo ut life aboard a long sea voyage on a sailing ship. We learn abo ut the discrimination Coffin experiences and about scientific research and discovery in that time period and in that environment. I must co nfess, I originally set out to review Shark Island, only to discover it is the second book in this series. Unable to do that book justice without reading the first, I dug into A Wtitery Grave, though it was published nearly two years ago. Druett, well known for her books on whaling and other aspects of maritime history, has made an easy transition to fiction writing. I look forward to tucking into Shark Island for my late summer reading. DEIRDRE O'REGAN Cape Cod, Massachusetts

The End ofthe Barbary Terror: America's 1815 "War Against the Pirates of North Africa by Frederick C. Leiner (Oxford U niversity Press, New York, 2006, 239pp, illus., sources, biblio, index, isbn 13 : 9780-19-51994-0, $28hc) The End ofthe Barbary Terror is a short scholarly text fo cused on a noteworthy, but largely neglecred, event in American maritime histo ry-the second phase of the Barbary Pirates War. Algeria employed a system of income based on the capture of C hristian slaves for ransom or extortio n by way of annual "protection." Leiner recounts Stephen Decatur's conquest of Algeria in detail. Decatur crossed the Atlantic, seized the Algerine navy's Aagship, directed the capture of ano ther warship by his squadron, negotiated a peace treaty with the Dey in a mere two days, freed the enslaved Americans, liberated other


Sea History 116 - Autumn 2006  

10 Heroes of the Sailing Navy: Stephen Decatur Jr., by William H. White • 16 "Black Hands, Blue Seas:" Sailmaker James Forten by Deirdre O'...

Sea History 116 - Autumn 2006  

10 Heroes of the Sailing Navy: Stephen Decatur Jr., by William H. White • 16 "Black Hands, Blue Seas:" Sailmaker James Forten by Deirdre O'...

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