Mad for Glory - U.S. Naval History
Amazing adventure aboard an American frigate in the Pacific during the War of 1812.
In October, 1812, as the Salem built 32-gun U.S. frigate Essex ventured out against the British enemy, only one man had any idea that this cruise would turn into the longest strangest naval adventure in American history. That man was Captain David Porter, who had decided to run off with the Essex and her 300 men to fight a separate Pacific war - one of privateering, pillaging, and orgies. Mad for Glory, a new book by Marblehead Author and Historian Robert Booth, drawing on eyewitness accounts and Captain Porter's own later suppressed log, recounts the events of a dark and fatal voyage in which Captain Porter crosses the line from commander to cult leader, from improbable fantasy to disastrous reality.
We'll meet once again in Salem's Historic Hawthorne Hotel on January 12 at 6:30. Prior to Bob's talk, there will be a cash bar and the Hawthorne's alway impressive hor d'oevres. To join us on the 12th, sign up HERE.