The Narrative of Captain David Woodard and four seamen, who lost their ship while in a boat at sea, and surrendered themselves up to the Malays in the island of Celebes…. David WOODARD.

The Narrative of Captain David Woodard and four seamen…
The Narrative of Captain David Woodard and four seamen, who lost their ship while in a boat at sea, and surrendered themselves up to the Malays in the island of Celebes…

London: J. Johnson, 1804.

Octavo, with three plates and two folding maps; old half maroon calf and marbled sides.

Shipwrecked off Sulawesi

The scarce first edition, of which Ferguson knew only his own and the Mitchell Library copies; there were a number of later versions. This popular account of an exotic shipwreck and capture by Malays also contains narratives by its editor, William Vaughan, of the Bounty mutiny, the Antelope and Pandora wrecks, and the sufferings of the crew of the Shah Hormazier in Torres Strait, all offered as "a valuable seaman's guide".

The scarce first edition, of which Ferguson knew only his own and the Mitchell Library copies; there were a number of later versions. This popular account of an exotic shipwreck and capture by Malays also contains narratives by its editor, William Vaughan, of the Bounty mutiny, the Antelope and Pandora wrecks, and the sufferings of the crew of the Shah Hormazier in Torres Strait, all offered as "a valuable seaman's guide".

Captain Woodward's tale is a grim one indeed: 'In January of 1793, Woodard sailed in the American ship Enterprise from Batavia, bound for Manila. Sent off in a boat to purchase provisions from another ship, they found themselves separated from their own ship after a storm. The seamen spent many days trying to locate their ship, but they were finally forced to land on Celebes, where one of them was murdered by the Malays and the others were taken into captivity' (Hill).

Ferguson, 399; Hill, 1912.

Condition Report: Some pages stained at beginning and end; binding rather worn.

Price (AUD): $1,450.00

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Ref: #5000340

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