Booktalk: Forty Years a Master: A Life in Sail & Steam

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Tue, January 17
January 17, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Tacoma Main Branch Library
1102 Tacoma Ave South
Tacoma, WA

This is a fresh, no-nonsense account of life under sail by a successful Pacific NW master mariner who was bold-as-brass, short-of-fuse, suffered no fools, and was always ready for a good, knock-down fight. During Daniel O. Killman's more than fifty years at sea, he was shipwrecked off Coos Bay, discovered gold in Alaska, was dismasted in a hurricane near Fiji, lost a rudder en route to Adelaide, had run-ins with bureaucrats, officials, and seamen, and found himself in court facing charges of murder, all the while remaining in impeccable standing with the owners of his vessels. His thrilling life at sea during the last decades of sailing ships and the emergence of steam vessels in the Pacific is chronicled in Forty Years Master: A Life in Sail and Steam. Edited and annotated nearly forty years after Killman's death by prominent Pacific Coast maritime historians John Lyman and Harold D. Huycke Jr., Killman's memoir has been compiled by Rebecca Huycke Ellison from her father's papers.

A joint program by the Tacoma Public Library and Foss Waterway Seaport