Lucky Joe by Stanley McShane

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Talk about a WHALE of a nightmare! Getting shanghaied out of San Francisco in 1901 had to be the pits! Historical fiction description of Brummagem (Birmingham, England), the ships that sailed from Liverpool, and the rugged men (and boys) who manned them. Can they survive to tell the tale? 
I met Lucky Joe early in 1901 when I stowed away aboard the Elginshire out of Birmingham, England. Joe felt that all his luck came from divine intervention for which he was most grateful and quick to give the glory--and testament. We were both bound for San Francisco, where it was rumored the streets were paved with gold. Shanghaied off the wharf of San Francisco aboard a whaler, however, proved to be a horrendous near death experience side-tracking our prospecting adventure in Sonora, California. Historical sea adventure and exploration of early 20th century California gold mining towns.

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Patrick John Rose was born on board his father's ship, the Marguerite, off the coast of New York on January 29, 1872. His stories relate that his father's name was (Captain) John Wesley Rose of Dublin, Ireland. Patrick claimed to have sailed for more than 30 years and was an active participant with the Grimsby fishermen of England in the Dogger Banks of the North Sea and whaling in the Bering Sea. Patrick professed to be a "sailor, prospector, miner, cowpoke, and oil worker." He published one book during his lifetime (Bitter River Ranch in 1936 through Phoenix Press) and wrote many others as well as painted numerous illustrations for his manuscripts-many of schooners-one of which purportedly hung in the White House. Records indicate that he was married and living in San Francisco by 1918. Patrick John "Stanley McShane" Rose died in August, 1959, in Long Beach, California, in the state and near the ocean he loved at 87 years of age. This is his third posthumous publication by his granddaughter, which also includes "Cocos Island Treasure" and "Sons of the Sea".
Published August 2, 2012 by Rose Point Publishing. 195 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Religion & Spirituality, Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Travel. Fiction

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