Book Review-‘Hard Down! Hard Down! The life and times of Captain John Isbester from Shetland’ by J. Isbester

By Tom Muir, published January 2021


‘I suddenly heard a loud roaring sound of wind – the captain at the same moment, looked up . . . The next instant he made one bound out of the cabin, ran up on deck, and shouted “Hard down! Hard down!” ’ The life of a sailing ship master in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was a difficult one, full of dangers and troubles. Among these hard men was Captain John Isbester from Shetland. Yet the story, which is told here by his grandson and namesake, Captain Jack Isbester (former chief officer on the topsail schooner Sir Winston Churchill), shows a man with a caring nature, despite his strict disciplinarian streak…

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