The Voyage of the Catalpa: A Perilous Journey and Six Irish Rebels' Escape to Freedom

by Peter Stevens

The Voyage of the Catalpa has been optioned for a film by legendary producers James Flynn and Morgan O'Sullivan of Braveheart and Tudors fame.

Fast-paced, compelling, meticulously researched, and dramatically detailed, this saga from the annals of American, Irish, British, and Australian history comprises the first full telling of the secret yearlong journey of the American whaling ship Catalpa, under Captain George Anthony, out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1875. Risking his own freedom and career, Anthony sailed across international waters to Australia, to rescue from hellish imprisonment the group of British-soldiers-turned-Irish-rebels named "The Fremantle Six." The successful escape and hostility the vulnerable Catalpa overcame both from the British Royal Navy and furious seas make Anthony’s historical voyage legendary.

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