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In the tradition of Nathaniel Philbrick s bestselling In the Heart of the Sea, Joe Jackson s A Furnace Afloat tells of the American clipper ship Hornet, which went down in flames, casting its crew adrift for forty three days on the open ocean Along with the stories of the Bounty and the whaleship Essex, the Hornet disaster was once one of the country s most infamous navalIn the tradition of Nathaniel Philbrick s bestselling In the Heart of the Sea, Joe Jackson s A Furnace Afloat tells of the American clipper ship Hornet, which went down in flames, casting its crew adrift for forty three days on the open ocean Along with the stories of the Bounty and the whaleship Essex, the Hornet disaster was once one of the country s most infamous naval disasters Over the years, a handful of famous shipwrecks have become symbols of something greater, their accounts a floating opera of sudden disaster, wasted life, and privations endured by survivors One of these was the 1866 saga of the clipper ship Hornet, the crew of which barely survived for six weeks on ten days worth of rations and shoe leather, drifting 4,300 miles in a single lifeboat as they all slowly weakened and became delirious or mad The American clipper ship Hornet left her homeport of New York City on January 15, 1866, and embarked on what was considered a routine voyage to San Francisco around Cape Horn She enjoyed an exceptionally smooth passage until the morning of May 3, when the ship ghosted gently a thousand miles west of the Gal pagos Islands On that day, the first mate went below to draw some varnish from a cask and accidentally set the cask afire Within minutes, the entire ship was engulfed The ship s company of thirty one men escaped into three small boats, set adrift under the burning sun of the Pacific Ocean to watch helplessly as the Hornet became a floating bonfire and sank beneath the waves The Hornet s complement twenty nine officers and crew, and two aristocratic passengers mirrored all the prejudices and nuances of Industrial Age America Their ordeal was harrowing half of the Hornet s crew disappeared the survivors were stalked by sharks and waterspouts, desiccated by heat, driven mad by lack of food and water Soon the social divisions in the boat erupted into class war The crewmen accused the captain of hoarding food, water, and even gold, and they plotted mutiny Their only salvation was to land on the American group, a mythical set of islands said to exist somewhere in the Pacific But the islands never materialized, and with no hope left, the men planned the details of cannibalism On the day they were to draw straws, they reached Hawaii By chance, a young, little known Samuel Langhorne Clemens was in Hawaii He wrote an account of the voyage that would make the crew famous, and Mark Twain Clemens nom de plume a household name Drawing on extensive primary sources, including survivors diaries and letters, as well as newspaper accounts and Twain s reporting, Jackson has created a gripping narrative of the horrors and triumphs of men against the sea.
  • Title: A Furnace Afloat: The Wreck of the Hornet and the Harrowing 4,300-mile Voyage of Its Survivors
  • Author: Joe Jackson
  • ISBN: 9780743230377
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover

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Chrissie Nov 19, 2018 - 16:20 PM
On May 3, 1866, the American clipper ship Hornet caught fire. The 31 castaways were left with ten days' rations, 12 gallons of potable water and three small boats. 43 days later, having floated 4,300 miles some of them reached Hawaii. The burning itself occurred 1,000 miles due west of the Galapagos Islands. The book is about this trip, what the men went through both psychologically and physically. In addition it documents scientific and historical details of the time. It covers the construction [...]
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Fionna Nov 19, 2018 - 16:20 PM
On 3rd May, 1866, due to a clumsy accident motivated by kindness, the clipper Hornet caught fire in the middle of the Pacific, forcing the crew and passengers to evacuate into three boats. They had rations for 10 days. 43 days later, one boatful of survivors landed in Hawaii, hours from death in some cases. The unknown Mark Twain, prone with a bad case of saddle sores, managed to visit some in hospital, and meet others on the steamer back to California, and sold their story as a heroic tale of o [...]
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GoldGato Nov 19, 2018 - 16:20 PM
Imagine being in the middle of the ocean on a ship, seemingly snug in the belief that you're at the 3/4 mark of your journey and you're almost home. Then a fire suddenly ignites and your wooden sailing vessel is gone. You are rescued, no one is lost (not even the rooster), but you now face the hard facts will you survive?In 1866, the crew and passengers of the Hornet underwent such an ordeal, alone in three small boats in the vast Pacific Ocean. The tale told by Joe Jackson is what makes this su [...]
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Bob I. Nov 19, 2018 - 16:20 PM
This is a well written story of the unbelievable survival story involving the Captain and many of the crew of the American clipper ship,"Hornet", struggling against an unfriendly sea and horrific weather conditions with only scant supplies of water and food.There is sheer drama and unbelievable persistence, against all odds,in this account of the survivors' long sea journey in a small open,and crowded boat. Only the faith, nautical knowledge and experience of Captain Mitchell brought this haggar [...]
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CJ Nov 19, 2018 - 16:20 PM
A Furnace Afloat is the story of the clipper ship Hornet, which caught fire at sea, leaving its crew and several upper-class passengers adrift at sea in an open lifeboat for 43 days. The tensions between the crew and the passengers that nearly led to mutiny, the desperate fight for survival which included eating shoe leather and contemplating cannibalism, and their miraculous arrival in Hawaii to the delight of then-unknown journalist Samuel Clemens (later known the world over as Mark Twain) are [...]
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Reet Champion Nov 19, 2018 - 16:20 PM
An interesting read on an event I've never heard of. The book was boring and little bit too 'psychological' in some areas. There were many gory details I found myself skipping over. Still I recommend this book to anyone wishing to learn about the Hornet disaster. While in fairy-tales you see people surviving an ordeal to go on to live happily ever after, it isn't that way in this book. Captain Mitchell of the Hornet returned home to be at his wife's deathbed and one of two survivor brothers died [...]
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Brigid Nov 19, 2018 - 16:20 PM
The title belies the actual story. Certainly a fire wrecked the "Hornet", but the ensuing journey to try and find land IS the story, and it's an enthralling one. The author does an admirable job of including other historical information about similar situations, making me want to look into some of the other wrecks and survivors. Once again, I am struck by the fortitude of human beings to endure such trying circumstances. I'm not sure how I'd do in the same situation. Not exactly heartwarming, bu [...]
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Linda Tuplin Nov 19, 2018 - 16:20 PM
This book fascinated me. Some of the technical jargon was confusing, but what a human can endure, and how random circumstances can forever change the course of one's life left me in awe. I do, however, have a totally different opinion now of Mark Twain.
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Apex157x Nov 19, 2018 - 16:20 PM
Great book! some of the statistics got a little dry here and there but rare. In addition to the engaging telling of the tale, there was interspersed wonderful passages telling the history of shipwrecks, the history of mutiny, etc. Added much to the book.
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Jim Nov 19, 2018 - 16:20 PM
Well written and interesting account of the harrowing cross-Pacific escape a clipper ship crew experiences after their boat burns and leaves them stranded in three lifeboats. The author brings in a lot of psychological, cultural and historical information to flesh out the tale.
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Kathleen McRae Nov 19, 2018 - 16:20 PM
This book was a bit repetitive to read although it was a interesting subject
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Michael Armstrong Nov 19, 2018 - 16:20 PM
Thrilling true story of survival at sea during the age of sail. Raw and intense. Love these kind of books.
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Julie Nov 19, 2018 - 16:20 PM
Love me a good tragedy-at-sea true story.
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A Furnace Afloat: The Wreck of the Hornet and the Harrowing 4,300-mile Voyage of Its Survivors By Joe Jackson In the tradition of Nathaniel Philbrick s bestselling In the Heart of the Sea, Joe Jackson s A Furnace Afloat tells of the American clipper ship Hornet, which went down in flames, casting its crew adrift for forty three days on the open ocean Along with the stories of the Bounty and the whaleship Essex, the Hornet disaster was once one of the country s most infamous navalIn the tradition of Nathaniel Philbrick s bestselling In the Heart of the Sea, Joe Jackson s A Furnace Afloat tells of the American clipper ship Hornet, which went down in flames, casting its crew adrift for forty three days on the open ocean Along with the stories of the Bounty and the whaleship Essex, the Hornet disaster was once one of the country s most infamous naval disasters Over the years, a handful of famous shipwrecks have become symbols of something greater, their accounts a floating opera of sudden disaster, wasted life, and privations endured by survivors One of these was the 1866 saga of the clipper ship Hornet, the crew of which barely survived for six weeks on ten days worth of rations and shoe leather, drifting 4,300 miles in a single lifeboat as they all slowly weakened and became delirious or mad The American clipper ship Hornet left her homeport of New York City on January 15, 1866, and embarked on what was considered a routine voyage to San Francisco around Cape Horn She enjoyed an exceptionally smooth passage until the morning of May 3, when the ship ghosted gently a thousand miles west of the Gal pagos Islands On that day, the first mate went below to draw some varnish from a cask and accidentally set the cask afire Within minutes, the entire ship was engulfed The ship s company of thirty one men escaped into three small boats, set adrift under the burning sun of the Pacific Ocean to watch helplessly as the Hornet became a floating bonfire and sank beneath the waves The Hornet s complement twenty nine officers and crew, and two aristocratic passengers mirrored all the prejudices and nuances of Industrial Age America Their ordeal was harrowing half of the Hornet s crew disappeared the survivors were stalked by sharks and waterspouts, desiccated by heat, driven mad by lack of food and water Soon the social divisions in the boat erupted into class war The crewmen accused the captain of hoarding food, water, and even gold, and they plotted mutiny Their only salvation was to land on the American group, a mythical set of islands said to exist somewhere in the Pacific But the islands never materialized, and with no hope left, the men planned the details of cannibalism On the day they were to draw straws, they reached Hawaii By chance, a young, little known Samuel Langhorne Clemens was in Hawaii He wrote an account of the voyage that would make the crew famous, and Mark Twain Clemens nom de plume a household name Drawing on extensive primary sources, including survivors diaries and letters, as well as newspaper accounts and Twain s reporting, Jackson has created a gripping narrative of the horrors and triumphs of men against the sea.

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