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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Finally! My Wawona History Book Is Published

After more than three years of work, my history of the Wawona has been published. The book is called "Shipbuilders, Sea Captains, and Fishermen: The Story of the Schooner Wawona." It's all about the 1897 lumber and codfishing vessel that's now berthed at South Lake Union Park in Seattle. You can purchase the book via iUniverse,, or Barnes & Noble. The cost is just $18.95 plus shipping. Sales via Amazon support Maritime Heritage Network.

If you are a bookseller, such as bookstore, museum gift shop, or retailer, you can order the book from Ingram Book Group, Baker & Taylor, and from iUniverse. Or call 1-800-AUTHORS. The ISBN is 0-595-41833-3. More information is available at

Here's the blurb from the back cover: "Discover the history of the three-masted schooner Wawona and the quirky adventures of her captains and crews in the North Pacific. Shipbuilders, Sea Captains and Fishermen reveals the innovations of Wawona’s builder, H.D. Bendixsen. Capt. Ralph E. “Matt” Peasley, “the big overgrown kid,” became the most famous ship captain in America. Capt. Charles Foss called on the heavens for a breeze by wearing his wife’s hats. And the crew caught hundreds of tons of cod in the stormy Bering Sea while secretly fermenting shipboard wine with canned fruit and sourdough starter. Complete with detailed illustrations, historical photographs, and great stories, Shipbuilders, Sea Captains and Fishermen recreates a world that ended with the last sailing ships."


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