As part of its 2021 online lecture series, the Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation presented researcher and writer Michael Schreiber speaking on “The Perils of the Sea.” The illustrated presentation, filmed at Old Swedes’ Church, took place on Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m. A discussion followed the talk.

Schreiber shared his research into the lives and deaths of Philadelphia sea captains in the age of sail who were overcome by great hurricanes, succumbed to attacks by pirates, or who mysteriously disappeared in faraway waters.

Unsinkable Patriot : The Life and Times of Thomas Cave in Revolutionary America

In this biography, history sleuth Michael Schreiber digs into old letters, newspapers, and documents to tell the story of Thomas Cave, an “ordinary man” who had many extraordinary adventures in early America. Along the way, Schreiber provides insight into the revolutionary society of the late 18th and early 19th centuries—its politics, theatre, architecture, technical inventions, and daily life.

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