When I first picked up this book, Ships, Swindlers, and Scalded Hogs, I wasn’t sure it would be all that interesting. Sure, a history of the famous Crooker Shipyard in Bath is a worthy subject, and the book is written by the great-great-grandson of one of the Crooker brothers, but I’ve got a pile of books to read and write about, so I decided to simply flip through it quickly.
Well, it only took a few pages before author Frederic B. Hill had me hooked. There’s a whole lot more here than simply building ships. Swindlers and scaled hogs indeed.