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Voyages with a Merchant Prince: Secrets of the Ripley Diary [Kindle Edition]

J.M. Hutchinson , M.F. Hutchinson
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‘If it should be a pirate, we had a fine ship, well armed and plenty of men to use the arms, what had we to fear? Accordingly, all hands were set to make preparations for defence against an enemy. The bosun got ready the great guns, the arms chest was unlocked – muskets, swords, handspikes, pistols, all in demand …’ The Ripley Diary, 12th July 1830.

A sailing ship on a voyage that would make a fortune. On board – an ambitious shipowner, his flirtatious young wife, and a crew on the verge of mutiny. Smuggling, piracy and shipwreck are all encountered on this amazing journey. For the first time, the remarkable Ripley Diary is in print. It documents an astonishing voyage to a secret destination in China. This original nineteenth-century text is unique, revealing the early days of free trade in defiance of the edicts of the Emperor of China. It is a national treasure. Enjoy the story of Thomas Ripley, hailed by the Liverpool Chronicle as ‘one of our most successful merchant princes’, a man who rose from rags to riches. Share the thrill of watching whales and dolphins, the excitement of racing a rival ship to Java, and the delights of exotic locations. If you want to know the truth about life on a sailing ship in the nineteenth century, then read this book. Find out why some of the men were pressed into the British Navy and others were clapped in irons. Discover for yourself the secrets of the Ripley Diary, secrets hidden for 180 years.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1249 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Golden Bay Press (28 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007YT3OEY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #533,642 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a book on Thomas Ripley of Lancaster 24 May 2012
By Tony M
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This is a great book about a master mariner who has left a lasting legacy in his hometown of Lancaster. Little is known of Thomas Ripley, other than his lasting legacy of founding a major charitable institution, that has developed into a great school.
This book tells the story of how Thomas made his vast fortune in the early to mid 1800's. The story is fascinating and is based heavily upon the diary of his wife, Julia Ripley, who founded The Ripley Hospital and Trust in Thomas' name.
Ripley, a great friend and business associate of the Brocklebanks, whose family shipping firm became the Cunard line, rightly deserves this story of his life being in print.
Congratulations to JM & MF Hutchinson for bringing this wonderful diary to light!
A great book.............
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 5 Mar. 2014
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The majority of this book is taken up with Julia Ripley's account of a journey from Liverpool to China and back via Jakarta and Singapore. The account is interspersed with the authors excellent explanatory notes, which provide information on the political context, customs and even the characters they meet on the way. The effect is to give a real sense of what long distance travel must have been like in those days and how slowly information traveled around the globe. The Ripleys certainly have a tale to tell, though quite how the Ripley School feel about being founded on Drugs Money is any-ones guess. My only complaint is that the format that worked really well (Julia's journal interlaced with the authors research) doesn't extend further, though perhaps the journal didn't.
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