The Voyage of the Catalpa

The Voyage of the Catalpa : A Perilous Journey and Six Irish Rebels' Escape to Freedom

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This saga of American, Irish, British and Australian history is the first full telling of the voyage of the Catalpa. Setting out from New Bedford, Massachusetts, on April 29, 1875, the American whaling ship undertook a secret year-long mission of international rescue. American captain George Anthony risked his career - and his life - to liberate a group of Irishmen known as "The Fremantle Six" from an Australian prison. They had been soldiers in the British army and each had taken the secret Fenian oath to fight for Irish independence. The Fremantle Six overcame British armed vessels and furious sea storms to make their miraculous escape with Anthony. The rescue was made without a chronometer and is considered a remarkable feat of navigation, as well as being a legendary symbol of defiance against British imperial authority.show more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0753817519
  • 9780753817513

About Peter Stevens

Peter Stevens is a correspondent for the BOSTON IRISH REPORTER. His articlesappear regularly in AMERICAN HERITAGE, AMERICAN HISTORY, YANKEE, CIVIL WAR TIMES, MILITARY HISTORY, and TRUE WEST.show more