Dangers at Sea
These “image essays” gather together striking images on the same theme from across the books in the exhibit.
To enchant readers, American travel narratives and other books rendered the world exciting with danger. Some such perils came from the sea itself: whales that overturned boats, waterspouts that resembled tornadoes, ice floes that smashed into ships, and gales that hurled massive waves and horrific winds. Other perils lurked in human form: marauding pirates at sea and hostile inhabitants on shore. Either way, American readers were taught to be entertained rather than daunted by the wider world.
Hover over any image to see source information; right click on any image to see a larger version; look under Research Resources for guides to all images in the digital exhibit.