Please join us on Thursday 1/14, 8:00-9:00 PM, in our theater, for a talk by author Peter Stevens related to his book The Voyage of the Catalpa: A Perilous Journey and Six Irish Rebels’ Escape to Freedom. This program is part of AHA!
From publisher Basic Books:
Fast-paced, compelling, meticulously researched, and dramatically detailed, this saga from the annals of American, Irish, British, and Australian history comprises the first full telling of the secret yearlong journey of the American whaling ship Catalpa, under Captain George Anthony, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1875. Risking his own freedom and career, Anthony sailed across international waters to Australia, to rescue from hellish imprisonment the group of British-soldiers-turned-Irish-rebels named “The Fremantle Six.” The successful escape and hostility the vulnerable Catalpa overcame both from the British Royal Navy and furious seas make Anthony’s historical voyage legendary. 8 pages of photographs add to this true story of daring on the high seas.