tales of tall ships

In the tradition of Herman Melville’s seafaring travel books comes this extraordinary recounting of one man’s adventures across the Pacific Ocean from 1837-1849. Though he did not identify himself, other than as a merchant and longtime resident at Tahiti, he was clearly educated and a keen observer of all he saw and experienced.

Through the Marquesas, the Marianas, Papeete, China, Tahiti, the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), and eventually to San Francisco (which alone is worth the price of the book), our unnamed guide shares fascinating details about the topography, oceans, people, and flora and fauna of the South Pacific.

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