Secondhand. Very good condition. Minor wear to book corners and edges. Stain to right foredge. Dust jacket is in good condition with creasing at edges and spine. Interior and binding are also very good.
Setting out from New Bedford, Massachusetts, on April 29 1875, the American whaling barque Catalpa undertook a secret year-long mission to liberate a group of Irishmen known as The Fremantle Six from an Australian prison.
The six men had been soldiers in the British army when they took the secret Fenian Oath and pledged themselves to fight for Irish independence and armed insurrection against the British military. Arrested in 1866 and tried for treason against the Crown, they were sentenced to imprisonment and slow death in a hellish foreign land.
After eight years languishing in Fremantle Gaol and aided by a worldwide network of Irish nationalists and undercover agents the Fremantle Six escaped to the Australian coast where the Catalpa was waiting to escort them to freedom.
But their trials were only just beginning. The obstacles they overcame, from armed British vessels to the full fury of the sea, made their escape the stuff of international headlines and legend. (book flap)