Seafaring America

(Page Under Construction, June, 2017)


William College-Mystic Seaport helps to support Seafaring America, a collection of books about the ocean published by University Press of New England with a mission to expand the way we think about the diversity of voices, experiences, and environmental relationships with the sea and the entire American coastline.

Since the founding of Seafaring America, Williams-Mystic research assistants have been involved in the planning, research, editing, and production of titles. Individual students are listed below with the books to which they contributed.

Seafaring America is a series of original and classic works of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama exploring the history of America’s engagement with our oceans and coastlines. Spanning diverse eras, perspectives, and geographical settings, the series strives to introduce, revive, and aggregate a wide range of exemplary and/or seminal stories about our American maritime heritage. Seafaring America introduces new stories of maritime interest and reprints books that have fallen out of circulation and deserve reappraisal. The series also publishes selections from well-known works that warrant reconsideration because of the lessons they offer about our relationship with our watery planet.

The Series Editor for Seafaring America is Richard J. King, Williams-Mystic research associate and former professor with the program.

Seafaring America authors and editors need not be affiliated in any way with Williams College. Please see our most updated Call for Book Proposals .



The Palatine Wreck

The Legend of the New England Ghost Ship

by Jill Farinelli

A deeply researched inquiry into one of the enduring mysteries of the New England coast





In Pursuit of Giants

One Man’s Global Search for the Last of the Great Fish

Rigney, Matt

A lyrical and passionate call to arms to save the world’s greatest fish.





The Sea is a Continual Miracle

Sea Poems and Other Writings by Walt Whitman

Whitman, Walt; Yang, Jeffery ed.

The greatest sea poems and prose of Walt Whitman





Surviving The Essex

The Afterlife of America’s Most Storied Shipwreck

Dowling, David O.

Do cannibals get second acts?