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ISBN: 0809085046
Author: Tom Chaffin
Language: English
Publisher: Hill and Wang; 1st edition (May 29, 2007)
Pages: 464
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 714
Size Fb2: 1157 kb
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And it flew understandably at Sea. The investigation for a book of this sort presumably could have take up a man's life and more, as the records are massive.

Tom Chaffin's other books include Giant's Causeway: Frederick Douglass's Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary and Pathfinder: John Charles Frémont and the Course of American Empire. His writing have also appeared in the New York Times, the Oxford American, Harper's, and other publications. And it flew understandably at Sea. But Mr. Chaffin was indeed diligent, and did his homework. I merely have a couple of reasonably small points against the book.

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An interesting historical viewpoint into the cruise of the last confederate commerce raider and her round the world journey.

Four months after the Civil War was over, the captain learned the war was over, and he had gone from being an enemy combatant to a pirate, a hangable offense. An interesting historical viewpoint into the cruise of the last confederate commerce raider and her round the world journey. Detailed enough for the historian without bogging down.

The 58,000-Mile, Around-the-World Cruise of the Confederacy's Last Ship Afloat The sleek, 222-foot, black auxiliary steamer The Sea King left London on October, 8, 1864, ostensibly bound for Bombay

The 58,000-Mile, Around-the-World Cruise of the Confederacy's Last Ship Afloat The sleek, 222-foot, black auxiliary steamer The Sea King left London on October, 8, 1864, ostensibly bound for Bombay.

Magazine article Sea Classics. Combine their wordsmithing with a gripping history of one of the most romantic sea raiders of all time - the Confederate States Ship Shenandoah - and you have all the ingredients of a superb easy-reading tome that is a sure-fire best seller ideal for nomination to the Book of the Month Club. This is precisely what Chaffm provides in his latest instant classic Sea of Gray, a book certain to satisfy the most demanding Civil War buff and nautical fan as it takes one on a nostalgic thrill ride in a time long ag.

Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah

Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah. Tom Chaffin's "Sea of Gray" puts you right on deck, smelling the sea, hearing the wash of the bow wave, tasting the salt spray. Having grown up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, this book brought me a beautiful evocation and reminder of life on the water.

Excerpted from Sea of Gray by Tom Chaffin.

Before its voyage was over, thirty-two Union merchant and whaling ships and their cargoes would be destroyed. But it was only after ship and crew embarked on the last leg of their journey that the excursion took its most fearful turn. Excerpted from Sea of Gray by Tom Chaffin. Published February 2006 by Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. All rights reserved. One. Of Ice Floes and Arctic Fires.

Assembled from hundreds of original documents, including intimate shipboard journals kept by Shenandoah officers, Sea of Gray is a masterful narrative of men at sea

The sleek, 222-foot, black auxiliary steamer Sea King left London on October 8, 1864, ostensibly bound for Bombay. The subterfuge was ended off the shores of Madeira, where the ship was outfitted for war. The newly christened CSS Shenandoah then commenced the last, most quixotic sea story of the Civil War: the 58,000-mile, around-the-world cruise of the Confederacy's second most successful commerce raider. Before its voyage was over, thirty-two Union merchant and whaling ships and their cargoes would be destroyed. But it was only after ship and crew embarked on the last leg of their journey that the excursion took its most fearful turn.

Four months after the Civil War was over, the Shenandoah's Captain Waddell finally learned he was, and had been, fighting without cause or state. In the eyes of the world, he had gone from being an enemy combatant to being a pirate―a hangable offense. Now fearing capture and mutiny, with supplies quickly dwindling, Waddell elected to camouflage the ship, circumnavigate the globe, and attempt to surrender on English soil.

"A superb account of how the Confederate raider Shenandoah brought the American Civil War to the farthest reaches of the world." -- Nathaniel Philbrick, author of Mayflower and Sea of Glory

Comments:

Olelifan
A reasonably well finished, and superbly researched, history of the last Confederate Flag that flew in Battle. And it flew understandably at Sea. The investigation for a book of this sort presumably could have take up a man's life and more, as the records are massive. But Mr. Chaffin was indeed diligent, and did his homework. I merely have a couple of reasonably small points against the book. Firstly, though the maps were good, and I enjoyed the use of the end papers in showing the make up of a Ship of Sail, and of the CSS Shenandoah's interior, I would rather have placed the critical Map of the Voyage as one of the end papers (probably replacing the former), as opposed to existing in the text as a two page map (this is really not a book about sailing, after all). ... The Bering Sea map might have been expanded to two pages, and perhaps introduced in the text at the chapter where the action occurred. Nonetheless, the maps as they exist -- and which are really critical for an appreciation of a voyage as great as this -- were good. Secondly, I thought his use and command of English could, at times, have been stronger. However, on the whole, I do recommend this book by Mr. Chaffin, and not only as a chronicle of the last Confederate raider, but also as journey of adventure and exploration, which at times it interestingly became. (...) As a final note, I like how the various prizes for the Shenandoah were clearly listed in an Appendix.
Corgustari
Well researched and authored account of the Confederate commercial raider, the CSS Shenandoah, as well as a glimpse into the lives of her many crew members during their thirteen month circumnavigation of the world. Tom Chaffin writes in a way where you are informed and enlightened on one of the Civil Wars forgotten chapters.

I hadn’t read a novel like this since my history undergrad some ten years ago, but I enjoyed it enough to see it through its 370 pages...unlike the other three books (half its length) that I started and wasn’t interested enough to finish.
Agalen
I bought this book for my dad while browsing the airport book store. He loved it and would not shut up about how awesome the story of the ship and its crew was. So I had to purchase it for myself and lemme tell ya...awesome read, could not put it down.
Cala
This book was very well written and easy to read. It was a wealth of information, full of historical facts about maritime laws and Civil War history. Once I started it was difficult to put down.
komandante
Sea of Gray is simply the most complete and best written account of a Civil War event that I have read. I came away from this book feeling that I knew what day to day life on the Shenandoah was like. Mr. Chaffin's ability to reveal the minutia of the Civil War era sailor's toils and troubles is unsurpassed. It brought back many memories of my days at sea while serving in the U. S. Navy. Indeed, Mr. Chaffin is a master storyteller. I wholeheartedly recommend this book . . . a BIG 5 stars!
Skiletus
This is a great book that was written so that any one could understand what took place on the high seas during the Civil war and if you are interested at all in the civil war about confederate pirates how they captured yankee ships took there crews and all they wares and money and then burned their ships some times they just robbed every one and every thing and left them on their ship because there were too many to put on board the pirate ship. It may take days before the robbed ship would come in contact with the federal fleet and get help from them and some times they would come upon a ship that was already burned and the crew and passengers were put off at a port to fend for themselves great book
breakingthesystem
very good
When reading any historical account of Confederate military exploits, the reader usually finds himself with Stonewall's foot soldiers in the Shenandoah Valley or at Chancellorsville, or with Longstreet's divisions during their fateful assault of Cemetery Ridge, or with Forrest's mounted legions at Brice's Crossroads. In all cases, the Confederate battle flags are borne proudly, and the sea is far distant over the horizon.

In SEA OF GRAY, author Tom Chaffin recounts the 13-month circumnavigation of the globe by the commerce raider C.S.S. Shenandoah, during which time it sailed 58,000 miles, captured 38 vessels (and burned most), took 1,053 prisoners, and destroyed $1.4 million of cargo. The high point of the voyage was the taking of 24 Union whalers in the Bering Sea over a seven day period in June 1865.

The book is extensively researched, contains an eminently useful photo section, and includes front and end plate diagrams of the ship's interior and exterior plans respectively.

Despite Chaffin's good intentions and obvious effort, it pains me to say that the narrative is more dogged than inspired. I doubt that even a reader with die-hard Southern sympathies will be sufficiently stirred to break into a rousing rendition of "Dixie" at any point. Perhaps the problem lies with the nature of the expedition itself, during which the raider skulks over the oceans under the guise of foreign flags to bedevil defenseless commerce vessels. One is almost tempted to wish for the appearance of an honest man-o-war of any nationality to put an end to the mischief.

The conquests of the C.S.S. Shenandoah are not the usual stuff of which an heroic epic is made. Indeed, it's only during the last, sad 20,000 miles of the voyage (from just off southern Mexico to around Cape Horn to England), at the start of which the news of the Confederacy's surrender was confirmed by a passing English ship, causing the captain of the Shenandoah, Lt. Commander Iredell Waddell, to de-gun and decommission his command, that this reader began to admire the crew's long-suffering endurance of circumstance and uninspiringly erratic leadership. The men deserved better than their fade-off into history upon their anti-climactic return to Liverpool.

Unless you're extraordinarily interested in all aspects of the American Civil War and are bored reading repetitious re-tellings of the various land battles, I wouldn't recommend SEA OF GRAY except as an interesting footnote to the rebellion. That said, you may love it.

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