True Tales of Arctic Heroism in the New World
"[...]whereat they (the crew) did grudge, because he could neither read nor write." Even in the last extremity Staffe kept his head, exerted his personal influence with the mutineers for the good of the eight men who were to be cast adrift with the master. Declining the proferred chance of personal safety, he asked the mutineers to give means of prolonging life in the wild. He thus secured his tools, pikes, a pot, some meal, a musket with powder and shot. Then he quietly went down into the boat. Wilson, a mutineer, testified that "Philip Staffe might have staid still in the ship, but he would voluntarily go into the shallop for love of the master (Hudson)." Rather than cast in his life with mutineers, thus insuring present comfort with prolonged life, this plain, illiterate English sailor stood fast by his commander, and faced a lingering death while caring for his sick and helpless[...]."
- Paperback | 214 pages
- 152 x 229 x 11mm | 290g
- 25 Mar 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- United States
- black & white illustrations