Leviathan's Master

The Wreck of the World's Largest Sailing Ship

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
124 Pages
Reviewed on 03/10/2010
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Author Biography

David M.Quinn was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee in 1945 and grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. He studied political science at Wheeling Jesuit University (B.A.) and Fordham University (M.A.). After thirty years in the telecommunications industry, David made the decision to leave the corporate world in 1999.

Following his passion for genealogy led him to uncover remarkable stories within his family history. First was that of his great, great uncle Michael Quinn, as told in the award-winning historical novel, It May Be Forever — An Irish Rebel on the American Frontier.

Now, drawing upon his maternal ancestry, David gives us the remarkable story of Captain George W. Dow, who is the narrator of the true story, Leviathan’s Master - The Wreck of The World’s Largest Sailing Ship. David and his wife, Betsy, live in Prescott, Arizona and have three grown children and four grandchildren.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boiling for Readers' Favorite

David Quinn has developed an historical accounting that grabs the reader and relates history while also conveying the human emotional elements that surely accompanied the actual event.

The story details the doomed voyage of the seven-masted sailing ship The Thomas W. Lawson on its maiden Atlantic crossing in the winter of 1907. The ship was reported as unstable but Captain George Dow, the maternal great-great uncle of the author, decides his mastery of previous ships will stand him in good stead with the Lawson. He then discovers that nature has its own agenda for the ship and its crew. The methodical research done in order to write the book serves the reader well, with historical fact interspersed with human interest.

Leviathan's Master is an easy read for sea lovers and land lovers alike. It poses interesting ethical dilemmas as well as thoughtfully presented skills essential to early ship trading.