Published: September 2017
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Confined in a small space for months on end, subject to ship�s discipline and living on limited food supplies, many sailors of old lost their minds-and many still do.
The result in some instances was bloodthirsty mutinies, such as on the whaleboat Sharon, whose captain was butchered and fed to the ship�s pigs. Or mob violence, such as carried out by the 147 survivors on the Medusa, who slaughtered each other in a two-week orgy of violence. So serious was the problem that the Royal Navy�s own physician claimed sailors were seven times more likely to go mad than the rest of the population.
Historic figures such as Christopher Columbus, George Vancouver, Fletcher Christian, and Robert FitzRoy have all had their sanity questioned. More recently, sailors in today�s round-the-world races often experience disturbing hallucinations.
Off the Deep End looks at the sea�s physical character, how it confuses our senses and makes rational thought difficult. It explores the long history of madness at sea and how that is echoed in many of today�s yacht races. It looks at the often marginal behavior of sailors living both figuratively and literally outside society�s usual rules. And it also looks at the sea�s power to heal, as well as cause, madness.
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