Account of skipper John Jones' life

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Account of skipper John Jones' life

Captain Jones was one of the celebrated "Cape Horners" who sailed from Swansea around the tip of South America to Chile. I was researching the BBC Wales TV series "Wales and the History of the World" and discovered that he'd written a memoir of his 40 years at sea, which told tales of the Californian gold rush, Indian war whoops and spats with grizzly bears.
I was so excited when trawling the internet, I found a little antique book shop in Dunstable appeared to have a copy of the very book. From the brief description in the advert, it certainly sounded right. Captain John Jones Ivy Cottage, Ferryside. 23 pages. Very Good condition.
I ordered it immediately, and waited patiently for the book to arrive. It certainly didn't disappoint. There it was, all sepia in colour, held together by two slightly rusted staples, but the content was fabulous?.. and a bonus - there on the inside cover was a photograph of Captain John Jones himself. "On many occasions we were greatly troubled with the Indians which resulted in often sanguinary conflicts, and an Indian war whoop is something never to be forgotten." Nicola Savage, TV researcher.

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  • 1. At 22:05 on 2 September 2010, ruth-hicks wrote:

    very interested to read a copy of from ploughboy to skipper

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