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A Flick of Sunshine
The Remarkable Shipwrecked, Marooned, Maritime Adventures, and Tragic Fate of an American Original
By (author): Alexander Jackson Hill By (author): Frederic B. Hill

ISBN:

9781493060818

Product Form:

Hardcover

Form detail:

Dust jacket
Hardcover , Dust jacket
English

Audience:

General/trade
Feb 15, 2022
$41.95 CAD
Forthcoming

Dimensions:

9in x 6 in

Page Count:

206 pages

Illustrations:

32 Illustrations including: - 31 Halftones, Black & White including Black & White Photographs; - 1 Charts.
Lyons Press
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Survival
  • Short Description
The true and remarkable life of Richard Willis (Will) Jackson, an intrepid seaman from one of the leading shipbuilding families in 19th century Maine, whose exploits and adventures in the oceans of the world would rival characters straight out of the lives and imaginations of Joseph Conrad and Jack London. Will Jackson survived a harrowing shipwreck in the Marshall Islands, being washed overboard rounding Cape Horn and running down Alaskan glaciers over a tragically shortened life that ended in a most bizarre and pedestrian incident on the eve of realizing his life’s ambition: appointment as master of a ship. After nine months of sometimes perilous life among natives in the South Sea islands in 1884, captured in chapters of a book he helped write, Jackson served on a series of large ships and coastal schooners – all based in the post-Gold Rush boomtown of San Francisco – that took him up and down the west coast from Alaska to Mexico and to the four corners of the earth. His faithful letters to his family in Maine and a diary offer a compelling portrait of an extraordinary young man of character and independent spirit, intellect and curiosity, no small ambition and that most admirable of traits, an abiding sense of humor.
The true and remarkable life of Richard Willis (Will) Jackson, an intrepid seaman from one of the leading shipbuilding families in 19th century Maine, whose exploits and adventures in the oceans of the world would rival characters straight out of the lives and imaginations of Joseph Conrad and Jack London. Will Jackson survived a harrowing shipwreck in the Marshall Islands, being washed overboard rounding Cape Horn and running down Alaskan glaciers over a tragically shortened life that ended in a most bizarre and pedestrian incident on the eve of realizing his life’s ambition: appointment as master of a ship. After nine months of sometimes perilous life among natives in the South Sea islands in 1884, captured in chapters of a book he helped write, Jackson served on a series of large ships and coastal schooners – all based in the post-Gold Rush boomtown of San Francisco – that took him up and down the west coast from Alaska to Mexico and to the four corners of the earth. His faithful letters to his family in Maine and a diary offer a compelling portrait of an extraordinary young man of character and independent spirit, intellect and curiosity, no small ambition and that most admirable of traits, an abiding sense of humor.

Frederic B. Hill was a reporter, correspondent and editorial writer for The Baltimore Sun, covering Europe and southern Africa. He served as foreign affairs director for Senator Charles McC. Mathias, Jr (R; MD) in 1985 and 1986, then conducted policy planning exercises (wargames) and conferences on national security issues for the Department of State from 1986 to 2006. A native of Maine and graduate of Bowdoin College, he served as president of Maine's First Ship, a non-profit organization building a reconstruction of Virginia, one of the first vessels built in America at Popham Beach, Maine in 1608. He is author of Ships, Swindlers and Scalded Hogs; the Rise and Fall of the Crooker Shipyard in Bath, Maine (Down East Books, 2016), co-editor of The Life of Kings; The Baltimore Sun and the Golden Age of the American Newspaper (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) and author of Dereliction of Duty; The Failed Presidency of Donald John Trump (Amazon Books, 2020). ******* Alex Hill has been in the financial services and financial technology industry in San Francisco and Silicon Valley for many years and now resides in San Diego, California. Born in London and a graduate of Denison University, Alex has travelled extensively and has published many travel articles and stories. ******** Editor's Note: Richard Willis (Will) Jackson was an older brother of Charles T. Jackson, Frederic Hill's grandfather, thus his great uncle, and the great, great uncle of Alexander Hill, son of Frederic Hill.

"This is a compelling story of a life lived full, with one maritime adventure after another. Behind every shipwreck lies a story, and the best ones are about people. In this case, we meet an exceptional and daring young man finding his way through life and a career at sea. It is a timeless tale, meticulously researched and exceptionally well written." - James P. Delgado, maritime archaeologist, explorer and author (War at Sea; A Ship-Wrecked History from Antiquity to the 20th Century, Oxford University Press). ***** "A Flick of Sunshine tells the story of Will Jackson, seafaring ancestor of authors Frederic and Alexander Hill, but the book does far more than just that. By carefully researching and illuminating Jackson’s time, place and intrepid adventures, the authors paint a much wider canvas - a detailed illustration of the great age of merchant sail at the end of the nineteenth century. Ranging from Maine to California to Europe and the South Seas, the daring exploits and narrow escapes of Will Jackson carry us along, and on the way offer a fresh and very readable tale of our maritime past." - James L. Nelson, Author of Benedict Arnold’s Navy and Fin Gall ******** "Fred Hill is the author of a popular book on the shipbuilding and financial dealings of the Crooker brothers, major players in the maritime history of Maine (Ships, Swindlers and Scalded Hogs). He, with his son Alex, has favored us again with the amazing story of Will Jackson and his suspenseful adventures on ships around the world. Jackson was a young seaman who led the rescue of the captain and crew after a shipwreck in the far Pacific, and went to survive a series of perilous challenges on ships across the globe." - Charles E. Burden, M.D., founder and long - time trustee of Maine Maritime Museum. ********

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