A Voyage Round The World By the Way of the Great South Sea, Perform’d in the Years 1719, 20, 21, 22, in the Speedwell of London, of 24 Guns and 100 Men, (under His Majesty’s Commission to cruize on the Spaniards in the late War with the Spanish Crown) till she was cast away on the Island of Juan Fernandes, in May 1720; and afterwards continu’d in the Recovery, the Jesus Maria and Sacra Familia, Etc. - Capt. George Shelvocke, Commander of the Speedwell, Recovery, &c. in this Expedition. In 1718-9, the Success, commanded by Capt. Clipperton, expedition chief, and the Speed-well under Capt. Shelvocke set sail from England bound for the west coast of the Americas to take and seize Spanish ships. A terrifying tempest separated the two ships right at the start of this perilous adventure. Violent seas, a shipwreck and mutineers keep the pages turning! Readers can expect a faithful account of Shelvocke’s seafaring along the coasts of Chili, Peru and Mexico, along with descriptions of his inland expeditions, details of their survival on the Island of Juan Fernandes where they were shipwrecked, and remarks on the final passages to California and China on the return to England. The incident with the Albatross that inspired Coleridge’s “Ancient Mariner” occurred on this voyage. Historians and anyone that loves adventure tales will appreciate this exciting first-hand account, enhanced by transcripts of letters, a world map and a few illustrations.
(1726), 2003, 5½x8½, paper, 518 pp.