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Top Deck Twenty! Best West Coast Sea Stories (Cp 2


Category: History: U.S.: Pacific Coast

Stan Allyn


Copyright/published Year: 1989 by Binford & Mort


ISBN: 0832304697


Binding: paperback

"Stretch out on that deck or I'll blast your head off!"

The terse threat was barked by would-be pirates at the second mate and quartermaster on duty in the wheelhouse of the freighter passenger steamship Buckner, steaming down the Oregon coast twenty miles off the Umpqua River mouth, shortly after midnight August 21, 1910.

The pirates, who had boarded the ship at Seattle, hoped to commandeer the ship and make off in the ship's launch with the Alaskan gold that they thought was aboard being transshipped. One of the pirates cat-footed to the captain's cabin and murdered him with blasts from both barrels of his shotgun.

They had two-thirds of the ship's crew lined up under their guns and would have succeeded had not Chief Mate Richard Brennan succeeded in sneaking into the dead captain's cabin, grabbing his revolver, subduing the pirates, and retaking command of the ship.

Inscription by author

This hair-raising true sea story is the first of twenty that the author has researched, starting with the wreck of the Sloop of War U.S.S. Peacock at the north entrance of the Columbia River in July 1841, and ending with the crashing ashore and total loss of seven U.S. navy destroyers at Honda Point, a few miles North of Santa Barbara, California, on September 8, 1923.


Condition Information

This is a used book.

Good condition.


Condition Description

1989 trade paperback. Inscribed "Top Deck wishes to Rozi" w/ drawing and "9/15/89" on first page. Covers have some soiling, crease to outer part of front cover. Shelf wear.

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