Summer Speaker Series
Gregory Flemming: A Pirate Capture, a Daring Escape
Thursday, August 18, 6:30 pm
This talk will recount the incredible true story of a nineteen year old fisherman, Philip Ashton, from colonial Massachusetts who was captured by pirates and then escaped and survived for two years on an uninhabited Caribbean island. In discussing his book, At the Point of a Cutlass, author Greg Flemming will reveal the surprising connections between Atlantic piracy in the early 1700s and major New England seaports like Boston and Newport — including some traces still evident today within the walls of the Old North Church. Based on Ashton’s own first-hand account, as well trial records, logbooks, and a wealth of other archival evidence, At the Point of a Cutlass pieces together the unforgettable story of the man who’s been called America’s “real-life Robinson Crusoe.”
Please join us for a book signing and reception immediately following the lecture.
Gregory N. Flemming is a former journalist with a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent more than three years researching At the Point of a Cutlass, which tells for the first time the complete story of Marblehead fisherman Philip Ashton and the horrific pirates who captured him. Greg traveled to many of the key locations in Ashton’s odyssey, from the remote Nova Scotia harbor where Ashton was captured at gunpoint to the Caribbean island of Roatan, forty miles off the coast of Honduras, where Ashton escaped. A New England native, Greg lives with his family in the Boston area.