At the Point of A Cutlass

At the Point of A Cutlass

The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape, & Lonely Exile of Philip Ashton

Book - 2014
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Taken in a surprise attack near Nova Scotia in June 1722, Ashton was forced to sail across the Atlantic and back with a crew under the command of Edward Low, a man so vicious he tortured victims by slicing off an ear or nose and roasting them over a fire. "A greater monster," one colonial official wrote, "never infested the seas." Ashton barely survived the nine months he sailed with Low's crew -- he was nearly shot in the head at gunpoint, came close to drowning when a ship sank near the coast of Brazil, and was almost hanged for secretly plotting a revolt against the pirates. Like many forced men, Ashton thought constantly about escaping. In March of 1723, he saw his chance when Low's crew anchored at the secluded island of Roatan, at the western edge of the Caribbean. Ashton fled into the thick, overgrown woods and, for more than a year, had to claw out a living on the remote strip of land, completely alone and with practically nothing to sustain him. The opportunity to escape came so unexpectedly that Ashton ran off without a gun, a knife, or even a pair of shoes on his feet. Yet the resilient young castaway -- who has been called America's real-life Robinson Crusoe -- was able to find food, build a crude shelter, and even survive a debilitating fever brought on by the cool winter rains before he was rescued by a band of men sailing near the island.
Publisher: Lebanon, NH : ForeEdge, an imprint of University Press of New England, [2014]
ISBN: 9781611685152
161168515X
Branch Call Number: 972.8303 FLEMMIN
Characteristics: 241 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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Feb 03, 2015

Not what I expected. too much detail. after reading 20 times how the pirates took over a ship it got very repetitive. Had too many stories going back and forth. and in between the same format on how the pirates took over a ship. However it did shed a lot of light on how dangers ship travel was in those days.

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