Nautical Tales, Yarns and Biographies. Page Five.


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  • The Last Great Australian Adventurer
  • Cape Horners' Club
  • Silly Isles
  • The Sea and the Snow
  • An Inland Voyage
  • The Golden Chersonese and the Way Wihther
  • Crusoe's Island
  • Small-Boat Sailing
  • Amazing Sailing Stories
  • One Wild Song
  • Don't Trust Don't Beg Don't Fear
  • Blood Ransom
  • Piracy Today – Fighting Villainy on the High Seas
  • Seized
  • Mutiny on Board HMS Bounty
  • How to Sail a Boat
  • Sailing - Philosophy for Everyone
  • An Englishman Aboard
  • Ahoy There
  • The Bookshop that Floated Away
  • Titanic Lives
  • Blokes Up North
  • The Last Time Around Cape Horn
  • Meander
  • Around Cape Horn DVD
  • Hen Frigates
  • Salt, Sweat, Tears
  • A Speck on the Sea
  • Rounding the Horn
  • Sea Fever
  • The First Indian
  • Ocean Notorious
  • Sailing a Serious Ocean
  • Sailing, Yachts & Yarns
  • Following the Equator
  • Ice Bird
  • Tara Arctic
  • Racundra's First Cruise
  • Racundra's Third Cruise
  • Soren Larsen
  • Canoeing the Congo
  • Robert Louis Stevenson. His Best Pacific Writings
  • Transit of Venus

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    THE LAST GREAT AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURER.
    Ben Carlin's epic journey around the world by amphibious jeep.
    By Gordon Bass, Paperback, 0.55 kg, 154mm x 233mm, 365 pages. Published 2017. Black & White and Full-colour photographs.

    In 1948, Ben Carlin set out from New York City with an audacious, lunatic plan to circumnavigate the world in an army surplus amphibious jeep called Half-Safe.

    Fuelled by cigarettes and adrenaline, the Australian army major pushed his fragile, claustrophobic vehicle through fierce Atlantic hurricanes, across uncharted North African desert, into dense South-East Asian jungle and over the icy dark swells of the North Pacific. It was a 50,000-mile roll of the dice that by all rights should have killed him. When Ben finally pulled into Times Square a decade later, he found himself alone and forgotten, his legacy little more than a wake of women and empty whiskey bottles. And the worst was yet to come.

    Was it all a fool’s errand? Or a pure manifestation of spirit? Where does a dream end and an obsession begin? What’s an acceptable cost to pay, and to what lengths will a person go not to be left with the haunting question: what if? The last Great Australian Adventurer is the compelling account of Ben Carlin’s attempt to make an enduring mark on the world at the twilight of the Golden Age of Adventure

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    CAPE HORNERS' CLUB.
    Tales of Triumph & Disaster at the World's Most Feared Cape.
    By Adrian Flanagan, Hardback, 0.59 kg, 150mm x 235mm, 296 pages. Published 2017. Black & White Images

    Cape Horn's fearsome reputation and the price it has extacted from those who venture there derives from a lethal contrivance of geography that unleashes the most powerful natural dynamic forces on the earth's surface. Reaching deep into the Southern Ocean, the Cape intrudes into the flow of the water and weather patterns at the bottom of the world and funnels them into a maritime superhighway a mere 500 miles wide, building massive seas and accelerating wind speeds to hurricane strength. Currents rip at rates that defeat powerful engines.

    These legendarily treacherous conditions were enough to secure Cape Horn's reputation as the ultimate in ocean violence; the supreme test of sailors and ships. It is the oceanic equivalent of the climbers' Everest, and the challenge to some became irresistible. The roll call of sailors who have managed to round the Horn east-about (and more rarely, head to wind and west-about) glitters with the names of sailing legends: Vito Dumas, Marcel Bardiaux, Francis Chichester, Robin Knox-Johnston, Bernard Moitessier and Chay Blyth. -

    This book recounts the history of the Cape through the stories of the people who've taken it on and made it round – the Cape Horners' Club. From the first recorded single-hander in 1934 (Al Hansen, who was lost shortly afterwards and his body never found), we follow these very different protagonists as they pursue the ultimate goal while battling almost overwhelming odds. Woven through their stories is a history of the Cape, from its discovery to its use as a trading corridor until the opening of the Panama Canal, to its more recent role as a pure challenge for the best yachtsmen and yachtswomen in the world. Changes in weather prediction and navigation have had a huge impact, but the pressure for ever-faster times has never been greater.

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    SILLY ISLES.
    No man is an Island, but lots of Strange Men live on them.
    By Eric Campbell, Softback, 0.47 kg, 150mm x 235mm, 311 pages. Published 2017. Colour Photographs

    In the Kurils, off northern Japan, World War II is still being fought between Japan and Russia, both hell-bent on claiming this tiny island group as their territory. The Galapagos Islands may be home to some of the world's most astonishing flora and fauna but it's also home to Ecuador's gerrymander ambitions and has the tear gas, riots and police barricades to prove it. Iceland, the world's 'purest' genetic community, is a place where everyone is blonde, beautiful - and thoroughly in-bred as a result of zero immigration. And in Spitzbergen, residents can choose to live in the neat and tidy, polar-bear hunting Norwegian half or in the mountain of garbage, rust and dysfunction that is the Soviet half.

    In more than a decade of international reporting, Eric Campbell has covered wars, famines, presidencies, and revolution. In the islands he surveys here he finds microcosms of society, complete with long-lasting blood feuds, hidden wars, bizarre histories; all the vanities, hopes and rivalries of great powers. Wry, witty and clever, with a wonderful eye for the absurd, Eric Campbell is the Bill Bryson of the small, odd forgotten places around the world and what they tell us about the human condition.

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    THE SEA AND THE SNOW. How we reached and climbed a volcano at the ends of the earth.
    By Phillip Temple, Softback, 0.50 kg, 220mm x 215mm, 232 pages. First Published 1966. This edition revised and updated 2016.

    HEARD ISLAND, an improbably remote speck in the far Southern Ocean, lies four thousand kilometres to the south-west of Australia—with Antarctica its nearest continent. By 1964 it had been the object of a number of expeditions, but none reaching the summit of its 9000-foot volcanic peak ‘Big Ben’. In that year Warwick Deacock resolved to rectify this omission, and assembled a party of nine with impressive credentials embracing mountaineering, exploration, science and medicine, plus his own organisation and leadership skills as a former Major in the British Army.

    But first they had to get there. Heard has no airstrip and was on no steamer route, the only way was by sea in their own vessel. Approached from Australia, the island lay in the teeth of the prevailing westerlies of the ‘Roaring Forties’and ‘Furious Fifties’ . One name only came to mind as the skipper to navigate them safely to their destination and home again - H W 'Bill' Tilman.

    In this first hand account, Phillip Temple invites us all on this superbly conducted, happy and successful expedition, aided by many unpublished photographs by Warwick Deacon. As fresh an account today as it was on its first publication 50 years ago!

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    AN INLAND VOYAGE Stanfords Travel Classics
    By Robert Louis Stevenson, paperback, 0.13 kg, 130mm x 197mm, 118 pages. This edition published 2011.
    Robert Louis Stevenson was not only a gifted writer, he was also an indefatigable traveller. His thirst for adventure was formed by his boyhood visits to remote Scottish lighthouses, and he spent much of his life fleeing the rigours of cold climates and social orthodoxy. Along the way he travelled with a donkey through the Cevennes, booked passage to and across America, and finally famously settled in Samoa in the South Seas.

    An Inland Voyage, first published in 1878, is Stevenson’s earliest book. I describes a voyage undertaken with his Scottish friend Sir Walter Grindlay Simpson, mostly along the Oise River from Belgium through France, in the autumn of 1876. Stevenson and Simpson each had a wooden canoe rigged with a sail, propelled with double-bladed paddles, a style that had recently become popular. An Inland Voyage paints a delightful picture of Europe in a more innocent time, with quirky innkeepers, travelling entertainers and puppeteers, ramshackle military units parading with drums and swords, and gypsy-like families living on canal barges.

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    TYHE GOLDEN CHERSONESE AND THE WAY THITHER
    By Isabella L Bird, Paperback, 0.30 kg, 130mm x 197mm, 294 pages. This edition published 2011.
    Isabella Lucy Bird was a nineteenth-century English explorer, writer, and natural historian. In 1854 Bird’s father gave her 100 pounds and she went to visit relatives in America. She detailed the journey anonymously in her first book, The Englishwoman in America, published in 1856.

    Following her mother’s death in 1868, she embarked on a series of excursions to avoid settling permanently with her sister Henny on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. Bird could not endure her sister’s domestic lifestyle, preferring instead to support further travels through writing. Many of her works are compiled from letters she wrote to Henny. The Golden Chersonese - the ancient name for the Malay Peninsula – is an evocative account, first published in 1883, of her final expedition, in which she gives detailed descriptions of her travels and adventures in and around Malaya. The book includes fascinating accounts of many aspects of the region, including the people, culture, landscapes and wildlife.

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    CRUSOE'S ISLAND A Rich and curious history of pirates, castaways and madness.
    By Andrew Lambert, Hardback, 0.57 kg, 160mm x 242mm, 306 pages. Published 2016.
    Acclaimed historian Andrew Lambert uncovers the fascinating truth about a faraway place that still haunts our imagination and culture: the island of Robinson Crusoe in the South Pacific Ocean.

    Daniel Defoe's enduring novel Robinson Crusoe famously followed the adventures of a shipwrecked sailor. Yet the complex reality is more surprising, more colourful and considerably darker.

    Drawing on voyage accounts, journal entries, maps and illustrations, Lambert brings to life the voices of the visiting sailors, scientists, writers and artists. There are the early encounters of the 1500s, the perilous journeys of the eighteenth-century explorers, the naval conflicts of the First World War and the environmental concerns of more recent years.

    Crusoe’s Island reveals that the British relationship whit this distant, tiny island extends far beyond a single book. This true history helps us to understand why the British, still a naval power but no longer a great maritime empire, are not yet ready to give up the ocean – or on tiny specks of land at the far ends of the earth.

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    SMALL-BOAT SAILING
    By Jack London, Hardback, 0.10 kg, 109mm x 172mm. Originally Published 1912. Reprinted 2014 .
    Jack London listened to the lure of the sea and discovered the thrill of sailing a small boat on San Francisco Bay at age 12. He owned several sailboats throughout his life and claimed that he felt more at home on the sea than on land. Originally published in Yachting Monthly magazine in 1912, this essay describes his life spent at sea including the hard work and excitement of sailing a small boat in treacherous waters.

    Here is a small excerpt taken from the book....

    ‘Barring captains and mates of big ships, the small-boat sailor is the real sailor. He knows—he must know—how to make the wind carry his craft from one given point to another given point. He must know about tides and rips and eddies, bar and channel markings, and day and night signals; he must be wise in weather-lore; and he must be sympathetically familiar with the peculiar qualities of his boat which differentiate it from every other boat that was ever built and rigged. He must know how to gentle her about, as one instance of a myriad, and to fill her on the other tack without deadening her way or allowing her to fall off too far.’

    A beautifully bound little gift book.

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    AMAZING SAILING STORIES
    By Dick Durham. 264 pages, 0.40 kg, 153mm x 230mm. Published 2016 .
    Discover some of the most exciting tales of adventure afloat.
    This is a wonderful collection of sailing stories from across centuries and around the world. Journey around gale-whipped headlands, survive mountainous seas and discover the delights of cruising among the islands of a tropical paradise. From the majestic square rigger to the humble homemade yacht; every sort of vessel is showcased in this treasure trove of extraordinary true tales
    The exploits of sailing’s greatest names are recounted, along with an eclectic mix of voyages that never made the headlines yet make compelling reading.
    Dick Durham invites you to set sail on a thrilling journey comprising some of the most exciting tales of adventure afloat. He retells each one, adding a magic that makes this essential reading for anyone with a love of sailing and the sea.

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    ONE WILD SONG
    By Paul Heiney. 230 pages, 0.20 kg, 130mm x 200mm, Colour photos. Published 2016 .
    When Countrywise presenter Paul Heiney's son Nicholas committed suicide aged 23, Paul and his wife, Times columnist Libby Purves, were rocked to the core. Nicholas had been a highly gifted promising young man, albeit he had struggled to keep his head above water at times as severe depression slowly dragged him down over many years.

    Nicholas was a keen sailor, with several of his posthumously-published writings having a nautical theme. To try to reconnect with this happier memory of his son, Paul decides to set out – alone – on a voyage he would have liked them to have embarked upon together. Cape Horn is the sailor's Everest. One of the most remote and bleak parts of the world, it takes courage, physical strength and mental fortitude to face its tempestuous seas, violent winds and barren landscape.

    Poignant, moving, funny, thought provoking and beautifully written, Paul's account of setting his own course through seemingly insurmountable grief makes for a powerful story. Injected with humour, perceptiveness and philosophy, recounting his highs, lows, frustrations and triumphs, the honesty and openness of Paul's story makes this very personal account a universal tale.

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    DON'T TRUST DON'T FEAR DON'T BEG
    By Ben Stewart. 376 pages, 0.43 kg, 135mm x 215mm, Colour photos. Published 2015.
    In September 2013 the crew of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise scaled a Russian oil platform. Their protest was met with brutal force as Putin’s commandos seized their ship. Towed to the mainland under armed guard the Arctic Thirty were charged with piracy and faced fifteen years in Russia’s vicious prison system. A movement of millions demanded their release.

    This is their story.

    The author, Ben Stewart led the first Greenpeace expedition to challenge Arctic oil drilling off the coast of Greenland. In 2013 he was a leading figure in the campaign to free the Arctic Thirty.

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    BLOOD RANSOM
    By John Boyle. 298 pages, 150mm x 235mm, Colour photos.
    For the first time in history, the navies of every superpower on the planet have united against a common enemy – a couple of thousand rag tag underfed men and boys. Crammed together in tiny open boats, they range up to a thousand miles from their home shores. Armed with ancient AK47s and rocket propelled grenades, they scour the western Indian Ocean. No-one knows how many simply die at sea. But occasionally these modern-day pirates hit the jackpot, seizing vessels and crews that will be ransomed for millions of dollars. This is a war that's estimated to cost the world economy $18 billion every year, and has so far seemed impossible to win.

    John Boyle is a lawyer turned film maker. Whilst filming for National Geographic on the war against the Somali pirates, he found himself meeting victims on every side, and being drawn into the incredibly complex situation. The phenomenon of modern-day piracy has horrified the world; the Somalis being demonised and released hostages gaining near celebrity status. But few people have any understanding of the overall picture, and in this book John takes us with him on his investigation, giving us a unique insight into the ongoing war.

    Using experiences on the ground and interviews with key figures, including prosecution and defence lawyers, a prison governor, pirates serving life sentences, freed hostages, and a skipper of a Maersk containership identical to that captured in the Captain Philips film. Each chapter strips back the well-known issues to the gritty realities underneath them: Somalia's recent history; why young men and boys are choosing to risk their lives and freedom at sea; the reality of being a modern-day pirate; the tactics and technologies being used by the international navies and shipping vessels; capture and trial; and what happens next.

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    PIRACY TODAY - Fighting Villainy on the High Seas.
    By John Payne. 262 pages, 160mm x 240mm, black and white photos.
    In this eye-opening account, respected author and seaman John Payne lifts the veil on modern piracy, detailing hundreds of very real and frightening accounts up until now. The recent hijacking of the Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates merely brought worldwide attention to an issue that has been simmering for years.
    In safe havens like Somalia and the Malacca Straits, pirates are a menace to ships of any type. What is being done about them, and what more can be done? What precautions can you take with your own yacht? Payne brings decades of experience to bear on this threat to every sailor.

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    SEIZED.
    By Max Hardberger. Paperback, 135mm x 215mm, 294 pages.
    Max Hardberger recovers stolen ships for a living. Dubbed the 'good pirate', desperate owners hire him to 'extract' or steal back ships that have been illegitimately seized by putting together a mission-impossible team to sail them into international waters under cover of darkness. It's a high-stakes assignment - if Max or his crew are caught, they risk imprisonment or even death.
    Max's true tales throw open the hatch on the shadowy world of maritime shipping as he recounts his efforts to retrieve ships from New Orleans to the Caribbean, from East Germany to Vladivostok, and from Greece to Guatemala. He has been pitted against Haitian rebels, Caribbean pirates and Russian mobsters and has had to outwit resourceful crime families, subdue armed soldiers and turn the tables on clever con artists. He resorts to everything from disco dancing to prostitutes, from bribes to voodoo doctors, to distract the shipyard guards and buy the time he needs to sail a ship out of a foreign port without clearance. Seized is narrative adventure non-fiction at its best.

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    MUTINY ON BOARD HMS BOUNTY..
    By William Bligh. Paperback, 0.18kg, 130mm x 200mm, 187 pages. This edition published 2014.
    First published in 1790, this edition includes a new map of the route of the Bounty before and after the mutiny, as well as that of Bligh and his loyal crew after being abandoned.

    In 1789 the crew of the HMS Bounty mutinied against their captain, William Bligh. Bligh and his loyal crewmen survived a 1,000-mile journey in a small boat, but when he returned to England and several mutineers went on trial, different versions of the events began to emerge. This brand new edition brings together Bligh's account of the mutiny, responses from the lawyer Edward Christian (the brother of lead mutineer Fletcher Christian) and contridictory testimonies from Bounty crewmembers.

    World-class yachtsman and racing sailor Pete Goss writes in the foreword to this edition of his own experience of a collapse in captain-crew relations as he explores the grey areas surrounding the mutiny on the Bounty

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    HOW TO SAIL A BOAT.
    By Matt Vance. Paperback, 0.18kg, 130mm x 198mm, 116 pages, published 2013.
    To sail a boat is a magical, and sometimes mystical experience. The sailor is free from the cares of life on land, entirely absorbed in the enterprise of moving a craft across the water. For the uninitiated, though, this is madness. Whatever reason can there be for willingly putting yourself at the mercy of nature's unpredictable forces, winds, waves and weather?

    Here, Matt Vance takes you inside the mind of the sailor, from the first scary moment of handling a boat solo to the exhilaration of sailing across oceans and discovering new worlds. His stories and those of his fellow madmen will captivate sailors young and old - and if you're a landlubber you may just find yourself yearning for the blue horizon.

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    SAILING - PHILOSOPHY FOR EVERYONE.
    Edited By Patrick Goold. Paperback, 0.34kg, 152mm x 230mm, 186 pages. Published in 2012.
    This revealing collection of essays probes the philosophical mysteries of sailing, looking for the wisdom we can glean from this ancient craft. It digs more deeply into the meaning and value of the sport than do how-to books or travel/adventure accounts. Contributors include philosophers, academics from other disciplines, and other intimately involved in the sport. All share an abiding interest in sailing and the belief that it teaches profound life lessons to those who sail. They articulate the intense engagement people have with sailing craft and with the many different forms that sailing takes.
    This book will enhance sailors' appreciation, and enrich their experience, of the sport. At the same time, philosophers will discover thought-provoking examples of the way that philosophical reflection comes to life when it is applied to the concrete activities to which people commit themselves.

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    AN ENGLISHMAN ABOARD.
    ByCharles Timoney. Paperback, 0.24kg, 326 pages, 130mm x 198mm. Published 2014.
    When Charles shows his friends the rowing boat he has spent the last six months building, he little realises the adventures that lie ahead. Several glasses of champagne later (it is New Year's Eve), he finds himself betting he will travel the entire length of the Seine from source to the sea in the next year and discover the true France.

    But the reality proves somewhat more difficult than he had expected. As Charles sets sail into an unvarnished France on a variety of craft from steamers to police patrol boats to inflatables, he encounters truffle-thieving terriers and obsessive fishermen, grapples with strong rapids and stubborn cattle, and is nearly destroyed by a cheese so smelly it comes with its own health warning.

    This is the charming and often hilarious story of Charles's Quixotic quest - and the most unique guide to the true France that you will find.

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    AHOY THERE.
    By Jack Smith. Paperback, 0.20kg, 135 pages, 140mm x 215mm. Published 2013.
    A youthful indiscretion resulted in young Jack Smith being sent away to sea. These are the stories of the adventures he had in the merchant navy. When tales were told up on the poop deck at the end of the day, "there were stories about drunken revels, falling in love and jumping ship, being jailed around the globe, of fires, mutiny, sabotage, sinkings, sackings and suicides, men running amok with fire axes, others leaping overboard at sea. There was always a story you hadn’t heard before... Here are just a few." Warning - some 'salty' language.

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    THE BOOKSHOP THAT FLOATED AWAY.
    By Sarah Henshaw. Paperback, 0.22kg, 260 pages, 130mm x 196mm. Published 2013.
    The story of an extraordinary bookshop... and everything its owner did to keep it afloat. In early 2009 a strange sort of business plan landed on the desk of a pinstriped bank manager. It had pictures of rats and moles in rowing boats and archaic quotes about Cleopatra's barge. It asked for a £30,000 loan to buy a black-and-cream narrowboat and a small hoard of books. The manager said no. Nevertheless The Book Barge opened six months later and enjoyed the happy patronage of local readers, a growing number of eccentrics and the odd moorhen.

    Business wasn't always easy, so one May morning owner Sarah Henshaw set off for six months chugging the length and breadth of the country. Books were bartered for food, accommodation, bathroom facilities and cake. During the journey, the barge suffered a flooded engine, went out to sea, got banned from Bristol and, on several occasions, floated away altogether. This account follows the ebbs and flows of Sarah's journey as she sought to make her vision of a floating bookshop a reality.

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    TITANIC LIVES.
    By Richard Davenport-Hines. Paperback, 0.66kg, 404 pages, 153mm x 233mm. Black and white photos. Published 2012.
    In this book, the author brings to life in fascinating and absorbing detail the stories of the men who built and owned the Titanic, the crew who serviced her and the passengers of all classes who sailed on her. The Titanic was a floating microcosm of Edwardian society - at the bottom of the ship was third class, filled with economic migrants and political and religious refugees hoping for a better life in the New World. Above them were hundreds of second-class passengers buoyed up by their prosperous respectability. On the upper decks were the hereditary rich and those of inconceivable wealth.
    In this epic, sweeping history we are introduced to this broad cast of characters, from every class and every continent, as we follow their lives on board the ship through to the supreme dramatic climax of the disaster itself. Published to coincide with the centenary of the sinking, this book is an impeccably researched and utterly rivieting history which re-creates the complexities, disparities and tensions of life one hundred years ago.

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    BLOKES UP NORTH.
    By Kev Oliver & Tony Lancashire. Paperback, 0.36kg, 160mm x 216mm, 239 pages, black and white, colour photographs.Published 2014.
    In a post-exploration world, two relatively ordinary blokes, serving Royal Marines, decided they wanted an extraordinary 21st century adventure. In this refreshingly honest account they re-live the highs and lows of sailing and rowing a tiny open boat, completely unsupported, through one of the most iconic wilderness waterways on the planet—the Northwest Passage across the top of Canada.

    They describe battling with an Arctic storm miles from land and being caught in the worst sea ice for more than a decade. At one point they are forced to drag Arctic Mariner, their seventeen-foot boat, across ten miles of broken pack ice to reach open water.

    Their story is enriched by the Inuit people and the incredible wildlife they met along the way, including all-too-close encounters with both grizzly and polar bears. And they relate with honesty how the isolation and stresses of the high Arctic shaped the bond between their two very different personalities.

    This is neither an exposé of global warming, nor a detailed study of Inuit culture. It is not particularly long on the historical quest for the Northwest Passage. It is quite simply the tale of two blokes, up north.

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    THE LAST TIME AROUND CAPE HORN.
    By William F. Stark. Paperback, 130mm x 204mm, 231 pages.
    Ordinary Seaman William F. Stark's memorable tale of adventure recounts the last leg of the Grian Race, and the barque Parmir's rounding of fearsome Cape Horn - the storm-tossed tip of South America and the veritable Mount Everest of sailing. Her crew of thirty-four sailors experienced the shipboard life of the seventeen century - in 1949 - on a four-masted vessel that carried hundreds of acres of sail. In 128 days the Pamir journeyed 16,000 miles from Australia to England on decks awash with huge swells, as Stark scrambled up ice-coated rigging to manhandle sails on masts twenty stories high. William Stark's epitaph is a thrilling book that climaxes the storied era begun by Cape Horn merchants sailors more than three centuries ago.

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    MEANDER.
    By Jeremy Seal. Paperback, 0.39kg, 130mm x 200mm, 393 pages. Published in 2013.
    The course of the Meander is so famously indirect that the river's name has come to signify digression - an invitation Jeremy Seal is duty-bound to accept while travelling the length of it in a one man canoe.

    In his planning for this epic journey, and given his small storage facility, Jeremy thinks very carefully about the packing. With the intention of finding lodging along the way in the many villages. His priority list included maps, iodine tablets, first aid kit, sleeping bag, walking stick (to fend off the infamous Turkish dogs) and a collapsible boat. In hindsight, he thinks he should have included a trowel....

    From Turkey's steppe interior to the great port city of Miletus, Jeremy paddles and unpicks the history of this remarkable region. Along the way interacting with a rich assortment of contemporary characters who reveal a rural Turkey on the cusp of change. This is the story of a river that first bought the cultures of East and West into contact, and conflict. Its banks lie littered with the spoils of empires, the marks of war and the detritus of recent industrialisation.

    At once epic, intimate and insightful, Meander is a brilliant evocation of a land between two worlds. A quixotic journey down a river and a wonderfully affectionate, funny and knowledgeable portrait of Turkey.

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    AROUND CAPE HORN DVD.
    Narration and original photography by Captain Irving Johnson. Remastered film and video, NTSC format, 37 minutes.

    In 1929 the last great days of commercial sail were passing. During that time Captain Irving Johnson sailed aboard the massive four-masted bark Peking. In this programme he narrates the passage in a style that made him a favourite on the lecture circuit around the world. The most spectacular scenes were filmed during a storm with winds gusting over 100 miles-an-hour as the ship was rounding Cape Horn.
    The Peking is preserved at the South Street Seaport Museum in Lower Manhatten, New York, USA. On the internet you can visit her anytime at Southstreetseaportmuseum.
    This DVD video must be regarded as a very special artifact of maritime history, as it is one of very few, well executed and preserved films taken aboard merchant sailing ships during an authentic passage. It probably stands alone in that the visual quality is excellent, having regard to its chronology and technology, and it covers an entire port-to-port passage. The narration is from a lecture tour in England in 1980 and the voice-over audio is of good, modern quality.
    This film is very certainly a sailor's party-piece and would be an asset in any yachtsman's or yacht-club library.

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    HEN FRIGATES.
    By Joan Druett. Hardback, 162mm x 242mm, 274 pages, monochrome paintings.
    Throughout the nineteenth century, many merchant ships plying the Atlantic, and farther afield to Europe and the Far East, carried not only the captain and his crew but the captain's wife and children. The amazing, largely untold story of these "hen frigates", as they were called, is more fascinating than any sailor's yarn.
    Drawing on first-person accounts from journals and letters, Joan Druett re-creates the colourful and often dangerous lives of these enterprising and courageous women, describing an ocean-going world in which disease was pervalent, accidents were common, and gales, hurricanes, and typhoon - even collisions and fire at sea - were a constant threat. Some wives survived shipwreck, but many succumbed, as in the wreck of the Golden Star in 1861, when Captain Staples and his wife drowned, locked in each other's arms.
    Yet despite the risks, thousands of women preferred to join their husbands at sea rather than remain safely alone on land. They endured childbirth; seasickness; terrifying skirmishes with pirates; rats that swam behind the ship, refusing to die, after being thrown overboard; and the hazards of bringing up children in the cramped shipboard conditions. In the process they acquired a resourcefulness that few women could match today.
    The compensations were many: romantic moonlit nights on deck, visits to exotic foreign ports where they could shop and go sightseeing, and, above all, the companionship of the men they loved.
    Told with all the immediacy of eyewitness accounts, Hen Frigates weaves a lyrical narrative of seafaring life, enabling us to share the emotional spectrum of fear and pain, anger, love and heartbreak, that these women experienced. Meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated with authentic seascapes and archive portraits of the wives and their husbands, this unique book is a rare tale of high adventure that transports us back to the golden age of sail.

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    SALT, SWEAT, TEARS.
    By Adam Rackley. Hardback, 0.53kgs, 209 pages, 160mm x 240mm. Published in 2014.
    More people have climbed Mount Everest than have rowed across the Atlantic.

    For over 70 days, Adam Rackley and his rowing partner ate, slept and rowed in a boat seven metres long and two metres wide, in one of the World's most extreme environments. They were following in the wake of pioneers. In 1896 George Harbo and Frank Samuelson, a pair of Norwegian fisherman, crossed the 2,500 miles in a wooden fishing dory- and their record stood for 14 years. John Fairfax, smuggler, gambler and shark hunter was the first to complete the feat single handed in 1969. Others have followed. Some have not returned.

    Salt, Sweat,Tears celebrates those who have dreamed, or dare to dream. A book of incredible true stories from the limits of endurance, by a man who's been there.

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    A SPECK ON THE SEA
    By William H. Longyard. Pbk, 150mm x 230mm, 375 pages, monochrome photographs.
    This book is the definitive compilation of the greatest small-boat voyages in history.
    From the 16th century to present day, William Longyard takes the reader on a historic journey of the greatest small-boat voyages ever attempted. Some were successful, some ended in disaster. From the first documented long voyage of Diego Mendez's (Columbus' lieutenant) rescue; the 16th century Algerian slave, William Okeley, who escaped in a folding rowboat; and the bored office worker who, in the 1960's, captured the world's imagination with his 13-foot sailboat, Tinkerbelle, to the tragic loss of Peter Bird who, in the 1990's, died on his attempt to row across the Pacific, A Speck on the Sea recreates these awe-inspiring adventures in fascinating detail.
    The author spent six years researching this book, traveled to numerous maritime museums around Europe and the United States and interviewing a number of the sailors or their descendents. More than 100 photos (many given by the subjects profiled) and illustrations will accompany jaw-dropping accounts of the most amazing small boat voyages in history.

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    ROUNDING THE HORN, A Story of Discovery and Adventure.
    By Dallas Murphy. Paperback, 128mm x 197mm, 395 pages, monochrome maps.
    Located at the southernmost tip of the Andes, Cape Horn is a place where the storms are bigger, the winds stronger and the geography more dangerous fro a seafarer than anywherer else in the world.
    From when it was named in 1616 until the present day, Cape Horn has had a rich history filled not only with tales of perilous voyage but also with landmark discoveries such as those made by Darwin and Magellan. Cape horn also played a pivotal role in the race to trade in new and exotic spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon.
    In this fascinating narrative the author uses his own passage around Cape Horn to weave together the history of exploration, along with tales of the Indians who lived there, the oceanography and meteorology of the region and the science of navigation. The result is a captivating description of one of the most unusual places on earth.

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    SEA FEVER, The True Adventures that Inspired our greatest Maritime Authors.
    By Sam Jefferson. Paperback, 130mm x 198mm, 330 pages, Sepia and Colour Photographs. 2016
    How did a big-game fishing trip rudely interrupted by sharks inspire one of the key scenes in Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea? How did Robert Louis Stevenson's cruise to the cannibal-infested South Sea islands prove instrumental in his writing of The Beach of Falesa and The Ebb Tide? How did Masefield survive Cape Horn and a near-nervous breakdown to write Sea Fever?

    The waters of this world have swirled through storytelling ever since the Celts spun the tale of Beowulf and Homer narrated The Odyssey. This enthralling book takes us on a tour of the most dangerous, exciting and often eccentric escapades of literature's sailing stars, and how these true stories inspired and informed their best-loved works. Arthur Ransome, Erskine Childers, Jack London and many others are featured as we find out how extraordinary fact fed into unforgettable fiction. -

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    THE FIRST INDIAN
    By Dilip Donde. Paperback, 128mm x 198mm, 287 pages, Colour Photographs.Published 2016

    An engrossing narrative of one man’s struggle to achieve his dream against all odds, this is both a fast-paced adventure and a telling commentary on how heroes are often made despite the system they operate in, by dint of sheer perseverance and commitment to a chosen path. Above all, it’s a paean to the power of self-belief that serves to inspire, motivate and exhilarate.

    On 19 May 2010, as he sailed INSV Mhadei into Mumbai harbour, Commander Dilip Donde earned his place in India’s maritime history by becoming the first Indian to complete a solo circumnavigation under sail, south of the 3 Great Capes. The feat, successfully completed by just over 200 people in the world, had never been attempted in his country before.

    In his own words, the book chronicles his progress over four years, from building a suitable boat with an Indian boat-builder; weaving his way through the ‘sea-blind’ and often quixotic bureaucracy; and training himself with no precedent or knowledge base in the country, to finally sailing solo around the world. During this gruelling task he was mentored by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo non-stop around the world.

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    OCEAN NOTORIOUS, Journeys to lost and lonely places of the deep south..
    By Matt Vance. Softback, 150mm x 220mm, 185 pages, Published 2015. Black & White Images..

    The Southern Ocean is Earth's most notorious body of water.The windiest, roughest most isolated and most important ocean on the planet. It circles Antarctica, acts as a violent mixer of wind and water, links all other oceans, is feared by sailors and explorers – and is mostly ignored by the rest of the world.

    Human influence is minimal; the idea of settlement is absurd. There are only widely scattered outposts of people who have come ashore intentionally and temporarily – or have been shipwrecked or abandoned.

    Few people visit this remote and mysterious region, but for some, the lure is irresisible. As an expedition guide, Matt Vance has accompanied intrepid tourists and birders, artists and writers.

    In Ocean Notorious he gives a moving first-person account of the lonely places where lives have been changed and history made. - from the obsessive explorers of the heroic era to solo sailors in tiny yachts, marooned wartime coastwatchers and ruthless plunderers of wildlife to today's dreamers, drifters and passionate preservationists.

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    SAILING A SERIOUS OCEAN.
    By John Kretschmer. Hardback, 0.49kg, 157mm x 235mm, 242 pages, black & white photographs and illustrations. Published 2013.
    After sailing 300,000 miles and weathering dozens of storms in all the world's oceans, John Kretschmer has plenty of stories and advice to share. John's offshore training passages sell out a year in advance and his entertaining presentations are popular at boat shows and yacht clubs all over the English speaking world. John's talent for storytelling enchants his audience as it soaks up the lessons he learned during hs often-challenging voyages. Now you can take a seat next to John - at a lesser cost - and get the knowledge you need to fulfill your own dream of blue-water adventure.
    In Sailing a Serious Ocean, John tells you what to expect when sailing the oceans and shows how to sail safely across them. His tales of storm encounters and other examples of extreme seamanship will help you prepare for your journey and give you confidence to handle any situation - even heavy weatherr. Through his personal stories, John will guide you through the whole process of choosing the right boat, outfitting with the right gear, planning your route, navigating the ocean, and understanding the nuances of life at sea.
    Our oceans are beautiful yet unpredictable - water that is at one moment a natural mirror for the glowing sun can turn into a foamy, raging wall of fury. John knows our oceans, and he is one of the best teachers of taming and enjoying them. Before you set off across the big blue, turn to John for his inspirational stories and hard-learned advice and discover the serious sailor in you.

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    SAILING, YACHTS & YARNS.
    By Tom Cunliffe. Hardback, 0.533kg, 160mm x 235mm, 232 pages. Published 2011.
    Tom Cunliffe, star of BBC TV's The Boats That Built Britain, is also Britain's leading sailing writer, Sailing, Yachts & Yarns is a selection of his most entertaining, outspoken and instructive writing from the pages of Yachting Monthly. Tom's regular column for his leading sailing magazine gives him free reign to explore a wide range of topics. He has a gift for capturing the magic of sail and finding pearls of practical wisdom in the most unlikely nautical adventures.
    This book is a wonderful miscellany of wit, wisdom and wonder. It will make you laugh and make you think - and make you want to cast off to enjoy the delights of life afloat.

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    FOLLOWING THE EQUATOR.
    By Mark Twain, Paperback, 151mm x 228mm, 440 pages.
    In 1895 America's most celebrated author embarked on a whirlwind round-the-world lecture tour from Paris to Vancouver, the South Seas, Australia, India, and South Africa. Travelling by steamship, train, and rickshaw, Mark Twain circled the globe delivering lectures and writing about the people and stories that he encountered along the way. Though best known for his tales of life along the Mississippi river, Twain was an experienced world traveler and this book, his fifth and last travel narrative, is an evocative portrait of 19th century travel and customs. Though the trip was undertaken to help Twain recover from banklruptcy, the circumtances of the journey have no impact on the author's characteristic sense of comic timing and piercing observations; his wandering spirit and maturation as an astute observer of human nature course through every page. Entranced by India above all other destinations, Twain vividly desribes the wedding of a 12-year old girl, a visit to the infamous prison cell 'the black hole of Calcutta' and a memorable ride on an elephant. A true classic of travel writing, Following the Equator is a delight - literally a chance to see the world through the eyes of America's most unique and beloved author.

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    ICE BIRD.
    By David Lewis. Paperback, 153mm x 234mm, 223 pages, monochrome photos.
    David Lewis and his 32-foot yacht, Ice Bird, set sail from Sydney, Australia in 1972 on a search for high adventure. The voyage, full of drama, emotion, and pain, took place in some of the most treacherous waters in the world.
    No one had ever sailed a yacht single-handed to Antarctica until David Lewis. Along the way, he would not touch land for more than 14 weeks, facing mountainous seas, constant gales, snowstorms, and freezing temperatures. What started as high adventure became a fight for his life against the odds. Twice his small yacht was capsized and once it was dismasted 3,500 miles from help. his survival was a miracle of fortitude, skill, and some luck.
    Ice Bird is one of the great true sea stories of the twentieth century. It is also a tale of human endurance; a testimony of one man's will to overcome almost anything and everything - physical and psychological - to stay alive.

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    TARA ARCTIC.
    By Grant Redvers. Paperback, 0.61kg, 150mm x 225mm, 305 pages, colour photos. Published 2010.
    On 3 September 2006, the French schooner Tara, previously Sir Peter Blake's Seamaster, was deliberately trapped in the Arctic sea ice, as the famous Norwegian explorer Nansen had been over a century before. Tara Arctic describes the extraordinary 506-day frozen voyage that followed. It is the classic modern adventure story - working at -40 degrees centigrade ; the immense pressure of ice on Tara's hull; the tensions among crew members in their tiny, enclosed world; encounters with polar bears; and month after month away from family and partners. As prestigious Nature magazine put it:"...on 28 May 2007, the ship came closer to the geographic North Pole than any ship before... That was not the only remarkable aspect about the state of the ice, atmosphere and Arctic Ocean has made an important contribution to the study of global climate change.
    New Zealander Grant Redvers, the expedition leader, has a master's degree in environmental science, sailing and diving qualifications, and a passion for the high latitudes. He has spent three summers at Scott Base in Antarctic and sailed on voyages in the Southern Ocean, to the Antarctic Peninsula and to sub-Antarctic islands. He was the only expedition member to remain on board Tara the entire time.

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    RACUNDRA'S FIRST CRUISE.

    By Arthur Ransome. Paperback, 053 kgs, 150mm x 235mm, 255 pages. Published 2015
    This new edition of Racundra's First Cruise includes the original maps, text and photographs from the 1923 edition, of which only 1500 copies were printed. The book was reprinted many times in various editions and formats but never in its original form. There is an extended introduction, which includes details of Ransome's previous Baltic sailing, the story of Racundra, how he came to write the book, and previously unpublished Ransome essays and photographs.

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    RACUNDRA'S THIRD CRUISE.

    By Arthur Ransome. Hardcover, 159mm x 242mm, 127 pages.
    Here is his Thrid Cruise, written shortly after his second marriage to Evgenia Shelepina at the British Consulate in Tallinn. Their honeymoon cruise was "in the lower reaches of the Dvina, up and down Aa and up Bolderaa to that fascinating, mysterious, romantic and claustrophobic maze of shallow narrow channels winding between enormously tall and strong reeds for what feels like thousands of square miles."

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    SOREN LARSEN.
    By Capt. Jim Cottier. Paperback, 0.50kg, 147mm x 210mm, 256 pages, reprint 2005.
    This is the lively story of a modern voyage under sail 'homeward round Cape Horn'.
    Soren Larsen, in company with another sailing ship Eye of the Wind, set off from Sydney and Auckland for the return voyage to Europe via the Horn, South America and the mid-Atlantic islands. In this combination of sailing adventure and travelogue, Captain Jim Cottier tells an entertaining tale of people and places along the way.
    Described by the author as a 'Colchester Packet', the Soren Larsen is famous for her starring role in television's Onedin Line. Now working out of Auckland, she is a familiar sight off the New Zealand coast during summer, while in winter she cruises among the Pacific Islands. Eye of the Wind operates a similar schedule but is based in Australia.
    On this voyage, both ships carry a crew of experienced sailors and volunteers (aged from the youthful to the elderly) who pay for the privilege of taking part in this adventure. Their voyage retraces the old route 'homeward' to Europe, the first British-registered sailing ships to 'double the Horn' for 50 years.

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    CANOEING THE CONGO.
    By Phil Harwood. Paperback, 128mm x 195mm, 285 pages.
    At 2,922 miles, the Congo is the eighth longest river and the deepest in the world, with a flow rate second only to the Amazon. Ex-Marine Phil Harwood embarked on an epic solo journey from the river’s true source in the highlands of Zambia through war-torn Central Africa. With no outside help whatsoever he faced swamps, waterfalls, man-eating crocodiles, hippos, aggressive snakes and spiders’ webs the size of houses. He collapsed from malaria, and was arrested, intimidated and chased. On one stretch, known as ‘The Abattoir’ for its history of cannibalism and reputation for criminal activity, the four brothers he hired as bodyguards were asked by locals, ‘Why haven’t you cut his throat yet?’ But he also received tremendous hospitality from proud and brave people long forgotten by the Western world, especially friendly riverside fishermen who helped wherever they could on Phil’s exhilarating and terrifying five-month journey.

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    ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON.
    His Best Pacific Writings.

    By Robert Louis Stevenson. Paperback, 152mm x 228mm, 320 pages. Published 2003

    At the peak of his literary powers, Robert Louis Stevenson, age 37, sailed on a small hired schooner into the almost uncharted vastness of the Pacific Ocean. There, the ailing author found "my bones were sweeter to me". To the perplexity of his public in America and Europe, he decided to remain. His last six years were spent cruising the Pacific's myriad islands, making close friends of kings, princesses, islanders, traders and riffraff settlers, and making a home for his family on Upolu, Western Samoa. His romantic life and early death there have become one of the world's enduring literary legends

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    TRANSIT OF VENUS

    By Julian Evans. Paperback, 140mm x 218mm, 373 pages. Reprinted 2014

    From Marco Polo, Magellan, and Captain Cook to James Michener and Rodgers and Hammerstein, the South Pacific has exercised a profound influence on the Western imagination. It conjures dreams of Marco Polo's illusory kingdoms, the Noble Savage as imagined by the West, the guilt-free sex and gin-clear lagoons of Polynesia, the perfection of idleness on desert islands, Mutiny on the Bounty and the contention between Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian. Since Captain Cook first traveled to Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus across the sun, fabulae about the South Seas have enabled the Western mind to imagine itself vis-a-vis the Other.

    With humor and honesty, Evans uncovers the modern reality and journeys deep into a world of gin-clear lagoons, palms, and sand, in search of both remnants of the fabulous kingdoms of the nineteenth-century European imagination and the truth of the modern twentieth century.

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