Books from the Pilothouse

Books from the Pilothouse

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Wind from The Carolinas

"Wind from the Carolinas" is one of the best books I have read, it should be the "To kill a mocking bird" of the Bahamas, required reading for high school students. A great story with the history of the Bahamas.

The Land Remembered 2

“ The Land Remembered” This is an amazing book for the history of Florida, again should be a high school recommended reading for Florida, It goes into the early years of land ownership and some earlier families, one of which I thought originated in New Orleans, “Lykes” which I was fortunate enough to grow up with. Come to find out through the book they are from South Carolina and then just slightly north of Tampa in the mid 1800’s. Good story in itself.

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Ship of Gold : A friend suggested reading this book, which I thoroughly enjoyed because it had a little of everything into a great story. History, science, technology, places, and people. It had Mel Fisher, who I happen to meet in Key West when sailing through the keys to get to the Bahamas. Mel Fisher on its own is a great story.

After you read the book, Google the main character.

The Great Influenza

"The Great Influenza" by John M. Barry who has ties to New Orleans and has written some prize winning books including the "The Rising Tide" of the Mississippi River flooding of 1927, which I have not read yet. "The Great Influenza" book has informed me of how quickly and lethal a virus can be, also how primitive our medical studies were at the end of the 19th century. One interesting piece of the book was how a mail boat delivered mail to remote areas in late 1918 and after it left, 60 percent of the small population was decimated, in the out islands of Alaska to Newfoundland on the other coast.