Travel & Geography / Adventure Exploration & Travel / The Boy Skipper a true tale of the sea by William Charles Metcalfe William Charles Metcalfe Jarrold & Sons, Warwick Lane London , 1895 first edition : decorative board hardcover with author's gift inscription to half title page : book approximately 5 x 7.5 inches  tall: 251 green edged pages plus extracts from the press regarding W Shotton and publisher's list. Synopsis:. The story of  William Shotton's command of the Trafalgar, when in 1819 the 18 year old sailor  from Sutherland navigated the four mastered barque  of 1700 burden from Java to Melbourne after the ship's  officers died from  Java Fever. Accompanied by newspaper extracts headlining William Shotton's act as ' a boy captain's heroism'  (the Daily News)  ' a Sunderland youth's heroic conduct  – a ship stricken with fever  –death of captain and officers – the apprentices navigates the vessel'  (the Sunderland Echo)  'plague stricken ship – the crew attacked by Java Fever – a  sailor hero ' (The Melbourne Arms December 18, 1819 ) 'a boy captain – the crews of the Trafalgar – strange true tale of the sea' (Daily Chronicle London), this first edition of the author's  account of the journey has a hand written inscription to half title page "The Mrs Atkins with the  author's compliments and kindest regards, 25th of October 1895."  Condition: edges slightly rubbed :corners & spine ends  bumped:  slight fading and a few small marks to cover : ownership inscription to front end paper: some age discolouration to end papers: overall good and collectable. used books
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  • Book Title: The Boy Skipper a true tale of the sea
  • Author: William Charles Metcalfe
  • ISBN: MWO052310
  • Publisher: Jarrold London
  • Year Published: 1895
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