Wreck of the Nottingham Galley:
A Documentary History
Wreck of the Nottingham Galley describes one of the most infamous and controversial shipwrecks of all time. The merchant vessel crashed on Boon Island, off the coast of York, Maine, in December 1710, and men were stranded there for so long that they began to cannibalize each other. The survivors were eventually rescued, and the captain published his story, depicting himself as a hero, whereas the crew published a conflicting account, portraying him as a villain.
This documentary history includes five of the earliest and most significant histories of the shipwreck: Captain John Deane’s original account; the crew’s rebuttal; Cotton Mather’s rendition; a sensationalized, anonymous narrative; and John Deane’s expanded final account. All documents are carefully edited, backed by extensive reader’s notes, and accompanied by a critical introduction. This edition is illustrated and hand-bound in the Book Arts Studio at the University of Maine at Machias.