Maritime Jottings About Whitby (from the Pages of the Times 1785-1835), by Alan Whitworth
Published by Culva House, 34 pages. A5 size booklet (N5555)
From the rear side cover: The idea for this work arose from the writing of another book. A reference cited the The Times newspaper as its source, and in looking it up, I noticed that the broadsheet archive index threw up numerous other Whitby mentions. Curiosity spurred me on, and soon I had located and copied all the maritime entries for the period 1785-1835. In Whitby this was an exciting time, ship building was growing and the whaling trade was prospering. Across the globe England was at war with America fighting for its independence. This was in the days before the Whitby Gazette, The Times, the country's most authoritive and influential newspaper, then as now, recorded the towns shipping news listing vessels and captains. This then, is the outline of the book, aptly named - it offers what it says on the cover: Maritime Jottings about Whitby from the pages of The Times newspaper 1785-1835, tales of storm and tempest and ships lost, privateers and battles which, when collected together, provide a unique insight into one aspect of ancient Whitby's life - its maritime history
Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover is clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is some light creasing to a few inside pages, and an old price marked out and a small price sticker on the rear side cover.