Captain Alex MacLean — Jack London's Sea Wolf
by Don MacGillivray • bibliography, index, photos • 336 pages
A SAILOR AND SEALER originally from East Bay, Cape Breton, Alex MacLean was the inspiration for Wolf Larsen in Jack London's novel The Sea-Wolf. When he was 21, MacLean sailed to the Pacific, where he operated for 35 years. A skilful sailor and colourful individual, his achievements and escapades while in the Victoria pelagic fleet in the 1880s laid the foundation for his status as a folk hero.
As well as telling the story of a fascinating character, this biography opens a new window into the complex world of sealing in the North Pacific, international relations, and environmental politics.