Demon of the Waters: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Whaleship Globe, by Gregory Gibson, hardcover (very good condition) (signed)
In 1985, Gregory Gibson was sent a handwritten journal discovered by a small-time book dealer in rural Indiana. It turned out to be a young officer’s account of an 1825 naval expedition dispatched to the Pacific with orders to apprehend the perpetrators of the Globe mutiny. The mutiny was notorious as the goriest crime in American maritime history, involving hatchet murders, stabbings, shootings, and a shipboard lynching. The long-lost journal provided the first eyewitness account of the fate of the mutineers, and of the innocent men left at the mercy of the tattooed islanders who adopted and enslaved them.
The story of the Globe mutiny is one of unending fascination. Dovetailing Gibson’s riveting account of the mutiny is the history of the sperm-oil industry, its Nantucket Quaker power brokers, the growth of American naval influence, and the effects of their combined agendas in the remote reaches of the Pacific. Above all, Demon of the Waters is, in the tradition of Nordhoff and Hall’s Mutiny on the Bounty, a story of men and the sea.
Brilliantly conceived, gripping, horrific, and insightful, Demon of the Waters is destined to become a sea-adventure classic.