The Library will be CLOSED Sunday, Monday & Tuesday December 24, 25 & 26, 2017 for Christmas. | La Biblioteca estará CERRADA el domingo, lunes y martes 24, 25 y 26 de diciembre de 2017 para la Navidad.
The Lost Hero of Cape Cod
Captain Asa Eldridge and the Maritime Trade That Shaped America
The story of one extraordinary mariner, and of the struggle between the young United States and Britain for dominance of transatlantic trade. Born in a small village on Cape Cod in 1809, Asa Eldridge grew up to become one of the world's greatest shipmasters. Even today, he still holds the record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic by a sailing ship. But this record is only part of his story, which includes voyages to numerous countries, command of Cornelius Vanderbilt's private yacht, an early move into steamships, and a mysterious end that eerily foreshadowed the Titanic disaster half a century later. In recounting Eldridge's fascinating career, Vincent Miles also tells a much broader story: of the rise of America's merchant navy to a dominant position over Britain's in the decades following the War of 1812, and of the government-subsidized British response that created the legendary Cunard Line. Along the way, he offers a guided tour of the maritime trade that shaped America, and a memorial to the courageous men who made it possible.