Connolly, Capt. R.
Hand-Book and Self-Teacher for the Local Maritime Board of Canada, Comprising a Series of Questions and Answers and Explanations.
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Saint John: McKillop & Johnston, 1876. First edition (135 pp.). Octavo, in brown publisher's cloth, gilt titles to front cover. Boldly signed on the ffep by its owner 'Eugene D. Wood, River Hebert, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia' and on the rear paste-down as 'Capt. E. D. Wood/ Schr. Wandrian/ Boston'. Connolly intended this self-teacher for the 'young and inexperienced Mariner', and it seems Wood first acquired it as a young seaman, as his several signatures (There are four) show varying degrees of maturity. In the preface, somewhat worringly, Connolly requests 'any of my friends who may find discrepancies in this work to tell or communicate with me, as some may have crept in; having no assistant, I have worked every question myself.' His self-teacher includes instruction in such matters as longitude by chronometer, finding latitude by reduction of meridian, and parallel sailing. Capt. Wood and the Wandrian (OE: wanderer), a three-masted schooner built 1883 and displacing 371 tons, appear in the record from time to time. In October, 1889 the vessel is seized briefly by the U.S. marshal at Bangor, Maine, on a complaint by a discharged seaman, but is released after the complaint is determined to be unfounded. In March, 1897 the New York Times reports the three-masted schooner, owned and skippered by Wood and bound for Boston from Puerto Rico with 535 hogheads of molasses on board 'poked her nose into a shoal off Short Beach [L.I.]... and spent a perilous night in the breakers' before being freed by tugs. Wood had apparently lost his bearings after two days in a thick fog (There is little advice in Connolly about finding your way in a thick fog). Finally, in October, 1899 the Times reports the death of Capt. James Crandall, retired shipmaster, while fishing off the harbour at New London, CT, when his little boat was run into by the 'British schooner Wandrian'. Binding generally worn and a bit loose but intact; some notes and calculations here and there in the lightly soiled text. An interesting personal document from the days when commercial sailing vessels plied the east coast of North America between the Canadian maritimes, the 'Boston states', and the West Indies. Quite presentable and not at all easy to find.
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