The George E. Corbitt of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, was part of a triangular trade of lumber/salt fish - sugar/rock salt/molasses/rum - coal/general merchandise. The ship had a reputation for speed -- up until she was abandoned at sea in 1890. Doerflinger received his version from Charles Boudreau, who claimed to have been on the faithfully recorded voyage. The author, said Boudreau, was the Corbitt's cook, Tom Reynolds.