Books: Writing The Waves

Pull up a beach, me hearties, and settle in to the best of this summer's true tales of the high seas

In 1822 a young man named Samuel Comstock boarded the whaleship Globe carrying a trunk full of garden seeds. But Comstock was not a naturalist; he was a psychopath. According to Thomas Farel Heffernan's Mutiny on the Globe, he killed the ship's officers, seized the Globe and sailed it to a remote tropical island, where he planned to found a new kingdom--at which point, presumably, those seeds would come in handy. Not to give away the ending, but when Comstock and his crew finally reached their tropical paradise, let's just say the locals taught them a thing or two about butchery.

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