The Wreck of the Mary Deare A Story of the Hammond Innes by Alfred A Knopf 1956

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With Hammond Innes' compelling sea saga The Wreck of the Mary Deare, explore the turbulent seas. Published in 1956 by Alfred A. Knopf, this hardcover edition, encased in a dust jacket, unveils the tale of the Mary Deare, a 6,000-ton freighter with a history as turbulent as the waters it navigated. Known as a "piece of leaking ironmongery taken off the junk heap", the Mary Deare had braved the seas for forty years, enduring shipwrecks and torpedoes through two world wars.

One fateful March night, the battered and empty vessel sails from the ferocious Biscay gales into the English Channel, casting itself into newspaper headlines and maritime lore. As Mary Deare emerges from the abyss, she carries with her a tale of mystery and tragedy, enticing readers into one of the greatest sea stories of all time.


  • Title: The Wreck of the Mary Deare
  • Publication Date: 1956
  • Publisher: Alfred A Knopf
  • Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
  • Pages: 274
  • Dimensions: 8x6x1 inches
  • Language: English
  • Condition: Good; wear on the dust jacket as shown in photos

Key Elements:

  • Engage in a narrative where each wave unfolds a blend of adventure, mystery, and historical enigma.
  • Reflecting maritime history intertwined with world wars, the tale is a homage to the relentless spirit of seafaring vessels and their crews.
  • The hardcover binding, veiled in a dust jacket, embodies the essence of vintage charm—a dignified vessel for a tale of the seas.
  • a wonderful addition for those who enjoy maritime lore, historical adventures, and the constant dance between man and sea.

Set sail on the pages of The Wreck of the Mary Deare, navigating through the mysteries and the relentless spirit of maritime adventure.


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In Summation:

The Wreck of the Mary Deare is more than just a tale; it's a voyage through the heart of maritime mystery and history, awaiting to be rediscovered in the hands of its readers.

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