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A Thousand Leagues of Blue: Voyages of Charles and Susan Veeder of Nantucket

SKU: 21935


A beautifully illustrated true story about the drama and destruction befalling the Veeder family in the Nantucket whaling industry.

In the center of the tale is an ordinary woman, Susan Veeder, who led an extraordinary life. She lived on a whaleship for more than four years, recorded her experiences in a rare, illustrated journal, and then settled back into her Nantucket home while her husband and sons all returned to the sea, on voyage after voyage. In a shocking denouncement to their lives, Susan’s husband, Charles Veeder, a respected and successful whaling captain, devolved into a drunken madman, became enamored of a Polynesian woman and chose to remain in the South Seas for the rest of his life.

By Betsy Tyler

  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 9 x .75 inches
  • Product Weight: 1 pound
  • Publisher: Nantucket Historical Association (2019)