Sea Runners Author:Ivan Doig In 1853, in the farthest outpost of the Czar's empire, many of the laborers were indentured servants -- seven-year men no better off than slaves. In New Archangel, now Sitka, four of them, all Scandinavians, stole a canoe and pointed it south toward Astoria, in Oregon, twelve hundred miles away. This adventurous story pits its characters agains... more »t the sea and ultimately against each other. The four sea runners -- glib, gangly Melander, silent Karlsson, the thief Braff, and sour, doubting Wennberg -- must weather the worst the ill-named Pacific can throw at them. And must, day upon day, guided as much by instinct as by map, simply paddle, stroke upon stroke, toward the mouth of the Columbia River.« less
Story based on actual incident of 4 men toiling as indentured servents in the farthest outpost of the czar's empire in 1853. The only way to freedom for these men meant stealing a canoe and traveling down the dangerous Pacific coast from Alaska to Oregon. The Sea Runners as they were called, battle unrelenting high seas and fierce weather, hostile Tlingit Indians, struggle against starvation and exhaustion and endure their own quarrels.
This author takes you mile by terrible mile with these poor men. There's alot of drama within these pages and considering it's based on true facts recorded 164 years ago, it makes it twice as hard to put the book down. I highly recommend if you like a good history read.