Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 1

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‘It is to be understood that the author is not a sailor, but merely a civil
engineer Shanghaied as one.’

The winter holiday season shouldn’t be all work, so I’ve decided to put up some cracking reading – the wonderful Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties, by Hiram P Bailey. I trust some of you find time to look at it, but if you don’t these pages will still be just as good in the coming year or any other time.

I don’t know whether the tale told here is exactly true, but it makes a wonderful romp. What’s more, the various scenes including the dead horse ceremony, crossing the equator and the return to San Francisco (including a splendid villainous melodeon player) have a real ring of truth about them – Hiram P had clearly either done a lot of research or had spent time on ship himself.

My particular copy clearly belonged to someone fascinated by sailing ships, as just about every blank page has a cutting from a Cornish newspaper about sailing ships pasted over it.

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Why not print these out so you can read them at your leisure?

For the rest of this series of posts:
Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 1

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 2

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 3

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 4

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 5

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 6

Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 7

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5 thoughts on “Shanghaied out of Frisco in the Nineties by Hiram P Bailey – part 1”

  1. Looks like a great holiday read Gav. I spend too much time in front of the computer to be able to read a book online though. I’m envious of your library, you seem to have a wealth of classic, rare sea literature.

    I’ve just read Theo Dorgan’s Sailing for Home which I didn’t particularly like but which kind of grew on me and now, with no new books to hand, I’ve fallen back, as always, on Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series. Reliable stuff that never fails to transport me to the wide blue yonder.

    Ben

    1. Ben –

      Glad you like it!

      Could you print it out perhaps – with a little care it should be possible to cover both sides of the paper… And once you've read it maybe you have a friend who could make use of it?

      Gav

  2. Do you have any biographical information on this author, Hiram Baily? I really enjoyed this book and I want to know more about his history. Thanks, Mary

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