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Seminar Readings

Several essays and extracts from larger works will be reproduced and handed out in class including:

  • Larssen, A. K. The ABC's of Fo'c'sle Living, Madrona Pub ISBN: 0914842110 (Limited copies available for purchase on-line if you want to purchase one. Otherwise, copies will be handed out in class.)
  • Horwitz, Tony. Blue Latitudes. Chapter 1
  • Malloy, Mary, Boston Men on the Northwest Coast: the American Maritime Fur Trade, 1788-1844. 1998. Limestone Press. ISBN: 1-895901-18-9.
  • Harmon, Alexandra. Indians in the Making. Introduction and Chapter 1.
  • Selected passages: Voyages of the "Columbia" to the Northwest coast, 1787-1790 and 1790-1793. Edited by Frederic W. Howay. Portland, OR : Oregon Historical Society Press in cooperation with the Massachusetts Historical Society, c1990.
  • Hobson, John M. "Chinese Pioneers" and "The East Remains Dominant" In: Eastern Origins of Western Civilization. Cambridge U. Press, 2004.

The following readings are listed in roughly the order we will read them in class. Please use the editions you find in the bookstore (which match those listed below). Melville, Dana and Conrad are all out of copyright, which makes them inexpensive and available in many editions-don't skimp-buy the version we'll all use! The main work in studying literature is CLOSE READING, which means we need to be able to discuss passages together easily-don't make it difficult by purchasing different versions. In the case of Melville's Billy Budd the variations are major and will significantly influence your interpretation of the text.

Rediker, Marcus, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seamen, Pirates and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700-1750, Cambridge University Press, 1989. ISBN: 0521379830

Melville, Herman, Billy Budd, Sailor. New York : Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, 2006. ISBN: 1416523723

Dana, Richard Henry, Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea. New York: Modern Library, 2001. ISBN: 0375757945.

Conrad, Joseph, The Nigger of the Narcissus and the Secret Sharer, 2005
Stilwell, KS: ISBN: 142092558X

O'Hanlon, Redmond, Trawler: A Journey Through the North Atlantic. New York; Vintage; Knopf, 2003. ISBN: 1400078105

Fields, Leslie L., The Entangling Net: Alaska's Commercial Fishing Women Tell Their Lives University of Illinois Press; 1996. 0252065654

Lady Washington Crew Training Manual. 2nd edition. Jan. 2001 This text will be distributed in class.

Other Required Materials:

  • Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (available at the cashier in the bookstore for $16.95)
  • For each piloting group: one chart, one plotter, and one parallel ruler.

Optional Recommended Readings:

John Rousmaniere and Mark Smith, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, Simon & Schuster, ISBN: 0684854201

Jan Adkins, The Craft of Sail, Walker and Co., ISBN: 0802772145