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MICHAEL WALSH ex-seafarer, nomad and author of seafaring books is more aware than most of the awesome size and depths of the earth’s great seas. After all, the once British seaman on reaching his 26th birthday had travelled to over 60 countries, visited hundreds of ports many several times over.
From the frozen Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean, Red Sea and Atlantic and through the Pacific north and tropical south, he has sailed past Hawaii and travelled the Indian Ocean.
But like generations of seaman and sailors he had little or no idea of the mysterious and some would say mystic sea beds below his ship’s heaving decks. In fact, ships and their crews cross great undersea deserts and mountain ranges, canyons and abyss so deep the Grand Canyon is merely a wrinkle. All islands passed by ‘ships that pass in the night’ are in fact the tops of undersea mountains.
As these ships sail, they pass over thousands of wrecks of vessels of two millennia that never completed their voyages. The sea bed below the seaman’s keel is a vast cemetery of lost souls of seamen and passengers who perished in peace and war.
Each sunken vessel has a heroic and poignant story. The diligent digger of the deep has published the four volumes of his illustrated Sagas of the Seas book series.
Despite its magnitude and impact on our lives, the world’s formidable oceans and seas are as much an enigmatic treasure trove as they ever were. More than 80 percent of the ocean has never been mapped, explored, or even seen. The Moon and Mars are better charted and known than are our earth’s sea beds.
Just as mysterious and largely unknown are the maritime stories that reveal hundreds of enigmas and legends of parts of the earth that are basically the territories of the sea that you venture across at your peril.
Most Westerners are familiar with maritime mayhem and mysteries related to their own sphere of influence but there are huge gaps. Stories of great sea tragedies are often excluded, airbrushed, or spun to fit the political narrative. The author has no axe to grind and sets out to stick to the script and he ‘tells it like it is and was’.
Untold Sagas of the Seas is a well-researched beautifully voyage of discovery that uncovers wrecks and maritime mishaps known to few. These have occurred off the Western radar and over time across the multiple seas of the world.
A good book makes you want to live in the story. Unknown Sagas of the Seas leaves you no choice. Hopefully, you won’t share the fate of the unfortunate wretches whose tragedies live on in this reader’s choice book.
If there are men without fear then surely seamen and adventurers must dominate the podiums of history. When you finally place this and the series volumes down you will have much cause for reflection.
From cover to cover or randomly selected, these true stories unfold to provide the reader with a colourful cornucopia of maritime mysteries, enigmas and colourful characters.
Related books: The Leaving of Liverpool, UNTOLD SAGAS OF THE SEA Volume I (The USA, The UK), UNTOLD SAGAS OF THE SEA Vol II (The USA, The UK), UNTOLD SAGAS OF THE SEA VOL. III ( The USA and The UK) UNTOLD SAGAS OF THE SEA VOL. IV ( The USA and The UK) and All I Ask is a Tall Ship by Liverpool writer Michael Walsh
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