The Downeaster

The Downeaster

Deadly Voyage

Paul Thomas Fuhrman


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Fuhrman has delivered a Gilded Age adventure on the high seas certain to please fans of Patrick O'Brien and Joseph Conrad. Told through the eyes of a clipper ship captain, a teenage apprentice, and a spinster nurse with a secret, the story travels from the waterfront taverns and brothels of New England to the saloons and tattoo parlors of San Francisco via a harrowing voyage around Cape Horn.
—Mary Miley; author of The Impersonator [2013], winner of the national Mystery Writers of America award for the Best First Crime Novel

Faithfully based on a historical log of a challenging ‘round the Horn adventure in 1872, The Downeaster features riveting and authentic depictions of maritime history, and the development of a unique and enduring love relationship between the thoughtful yet godless captain and the high-spirited feminist Irish nurse. Ultimately, the transformation of the courageous, inexperienced, enthusiastic young apprentice into a highly skilled sailor with valor, dedication, integrity, (and a great new tattoo!) also occupies center stage, along with the torturous daily chores, antics, and tragedies that unfold for the rest of the crew


The Downeaster provides armchair sailing at its best for both experienced seamen and any reader tantalized by unique adventure, the overcoming of adversity, displays of character, and self-discovery!


Paul Thomas Fuhrman:

Paul Thomas Fuhrman earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After college, Fuhrman entered the Navy where he acquired the rank of full lieutenant and his wife, Donna.

Now ashore, arms stacked, children educated, and settled in his retirement home in Virginia, The Downeaster became an obsession of some ten years’ research and writing and has finally reached print. It is an ambition fulfilled.