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Born Down By the Water

by (author) Robert C. Parsons

Flanker Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2004
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2004
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Born Down By the Water is Robert Parsons’s latest collection of sea stories inspired by the maritime history of Newfoundland and Labrador. Included are eighteen true stories describing the fate of crafts, from massive ocean liners such as the Titanic to the small schooners that sail the Newfoundland-Mediterranean-Caribbean routes transporting passengers, codfish, salt, wine, and rum.?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />




From wrecks and rescues, races across the Atlantic and war at sea to murder and riot, the tidal wave of 1929 and tragedies of fire, this compilation is an interesting and exciting read. Supporting these stories are dozens of photographs and newspaper clippings.

About the author

Robert C. Parsons has been called one of the most popular and prolific writers on the subject of Atlantic Canada’s ships and ship disasters. He is the author of more than twenty-five non-fiction books. His work has also appeared in a number of newspapers and magazines such as Downhome, the Telegram, the Newfoundland Quarterly, and Newfoundland Lifestyles.In May 2009, Robert’s nonfiction prose was judged an award winner in the annual Arts and Letters Competition.In December that same year, he was presented with the Polaris Award from the Canadian Coast Guard Alumni Association, Newfoundland and Labrador division, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the preservation and public awareness of the marine heritage and history in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. This award was only given out two previous times in the years of the Alumni Association’s existence.Robert’s book Courting Disaster: True Crime and Mischief on Land and Sea was a Globe and Mail bestseller.A former fish plant worker and educator and a present-day researcher and devotee of all items marine-related, Robert lives in Grand Bank, Newfoundland.

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