Lecture, book signing @ Museums on the Green Education Center
When: Fri Mar 28th
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: 55 Palmer Avenue
"The Shining Sea: David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the USS Essex during the War of 1812"
A few months after the outbreak of the War of 1812, Captain David Porter set out in the USS Essex on an epic, seventeen-month cruise to the South Seas. Porter was pursuing fame and riches, and by most accounts his odyssey was a stunning success: it brought glory to the fledgling American navy, cemented Porter's reputation as a daring and talented commander, and has long been celebrated as one of the greatest maritime adventures in U.S. history. Less well known, however, is the terrible price that the crew of the Essexpaid for their captain's outsized ambitions.In The Shining Sea, award-winning historian George C. Daughan tells the full story of Porter's thrilling, action-packed voyage, revealing the heights of Porter's hubris and the true depths of his failure on this fateful cruise. A swashbuckling tale of risk and ruin on the high seas, "The Shining Sea" brings to life the monomaniacal quest of one of the most misunderstood commanders of the War of 1812
The cost for lectures is $ 7 for nonmembers and $ 5 for members. For more information, call 508-548-4857.