SEA CAPTAIN FROM SALEM by Leonard Wibberley


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History would have honored the Captain from Salem had Benjamin Franklin mentioned his name in the treaty drawn up between France and the colonies. Franklin would not detract from all the heroes of the Revolution by singling out one however. He would leave the matter of the great deeds of the Captain from Salem, Peace of God Manly, to the future historians. The author presents this well researched story by following the battles of this sea captain whose orders were to prove to the French that the might of the British fleet was a mere phantom, and outlining reaction to his victories in scenes at the House of Lords and at the European home of Benjamin Franklin. With the help of some Irish fishermen, Peace of God, believed dead, managed to take an English lugger into the port of L'Orient, giving final impetus to the crucial French decision. Stories of unsung heroes are always enlightening, but this one in particular with its sea jargon and battle descriptions, should appeal more to a masculine audience.

Pub Date: March 3rd, 1961
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy -- Ariel