Pictured here is the SS Pacific, one of America's first steam-powered ocean liners, whose disappearance on a transatlantic crossing during the brutal winter of 1856 was widely believed to have been caused by an encounter with ice. Asa Eldridge was her commander at the time. Like many of the other episodes in his career that are discussed in The Lost Hero of Cape Cod, the loss of the Pacific is highly instructive about a crucial period in US maritime history.
The Lost Hero of Cape Cod: Captain Asa Eldridge and the Maritime Trade That Shaped America, by Vincent Miles, is published by the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth (HSOY). This fascinating maritime history book is available:
♦ In paperback form for $14.99
(ISBN 978-0-9625068-9-5, 6” x 9”, 198 pages, 37 illustrations):
– Directly from HSOY, in the Gorham Cobbler Shop in Yarmouth Port
– From multiple outlets on Cape Cod:
Chatham: Yellow Umbrella Books
East Sandwich: Titcomb's Bookshop
Orleans: Main Street Books
Yarmouth Port: Parnassus Book Service.