High Tide -- The Drama and Tragedy of Seattle's Waterfront Produced as a Permanent Record of the Men and Ships the Author Has Known During Many Years as a Waterfront Newsman
Seattle: The Marine Digest Publishing Co., Inc., 1952. First Edition. 8vo. (6 1/2" x 9 1/2"). 356pp. Appendix. Illustrated with b&w drawings of old ships of sail and steam. Thirty pages of b&w photo reproductions in rear. Index. Bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering on front cover and spine. Former owner's address label on front pastedown. Book was owned by a noted ship captain and his wife; minimal marginalia indicates his activity. The ship captain's business card is laid in. Some edge wear to jacket, else Fine. Very Good / Very Good+. Item #5482
Chapters cover subjects as varied as "Sailing Ship Days on Puget Sound;" "Seattle Ship First Through Panama Canal;" "Seattle's Historic Black Ball Line" (the predecessor of today's Washington State Ferry Service and former operator of the Kalakala); and, our favorite, "Death Ship of the Pacific" -- an account of the "Ryoei Maru," a Japanese motor-sail vessel that washed ashore on the Vancouver Island coast, occupied only by the parched corpses of the crew. The dust jacket, featuring exquisite period artwork by "Swan," is now preserved in a removable, clear archival sleeve.