Joan Lowell and CRADLE OF THE DEEP



In 1929, Joan Lowell published an autobiography, Cradle of the Deep, published by Simon & Schuster, in which she claimed that her sea captain father took her aboard his ship, the Minnie A. Caine, at the age of three months when she was suffering from malnutrition. He nursed her back to health. She lived on the ship, with its all-male crew, until she was 17. She became skilled in the art of seamanship and once harpooned a whale by herself. Ultimately, the ship burned and sank off Australia, and Lowell swam three miles to safety, with a family of kittens clinging by their claws to her back. In fact, the book was a fabrication; Lowell had been on the ship, which remained safe in California, for only 15 months. The book was a sensational best seller until it was exposed as pure invention.[1] The book was later parodied by Corey Ford in his book Salt Water Taffy in which Lowell abandons the sinking ship (which had previously sunk several times before "very badly") and swims to safety with her manuscript.


Her Wikipedia page.

An article on the hoax.


Read the book here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 18, 2017
Category: Hoaxes and Imposters and Imitators, Movies, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1920s





Comments
Sexual innuendo surely helped the popularity of this book, with its images of a young girl on a ship with a crew of (presumably horny) men. The article mentions her playing strip poker with the crew, which would have been no doubt the highlight of everyone's day.
Posted by Brian in NJ on 06/18/17 at 11:14 AM
Looking at that photograph, I'm not surprised at all.
Posted by Richard Bos in The Netherlands on 06/20/17 at 03:59 PM
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