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Book Talk and Signing: Robert Geake, Author of The New England Mariner Tradition
Thursday, November 21, 2013
7:00 PM-8:15 PM
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Meeting Room (3rd Floor)
The New England Mariner Tradition: Old Salts, Superstitions, Shanties & Shipwrecks
For over three centuries, New Englanders have set sail in search of fortune and adventure—yet death lurked on every voyage in the form of storms, privateers, disease and human error. In hope of being spared by the sea, superstitious mariners practiced cautionary rituals. During the winter of 1779, the crew aboard the Family Trader offered up gin to appease the squalling storms of Neptune. In the 1800s, after nearly fifty shipwrecks on Georges Bank between Cape Cod and Nova Scotia, a wizard paced the coast of Marblehead, shouting orders out to sea to guide passing ships to safety. As early as 1705, courageous settlers erected watch houses and lighted beacons at Beavertail Point outside Jamestown, Rhode Island, to aid mariners caught in the swells of Narragansett Bay.
Join Robert Geake as he explores the forgotten traditions among New England mariners and their lives on land and sea.
This presentation will be accompanied by a display from PPL’s Special Collections - Come early!
About the Author
Robert Geake is an author and the bookseller and events coordinator for Brown University Bookstore. He is a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society. His previous books include A History of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island, Historic Taverns of Rhode Island, and A History of the Providence River.
Book sale and signing to follow.