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Letting go of everything and embarking on a voyage around the world: it’s a dream for many people.
Wietze van der Laan and Janneke Kuysters did it: exciting careers and the stress that comes with them were exchanged for eight years of sailing with their 44 foot yacht Anna Caroline.
They sailed along unfamiliar coasts and backpacked to ancient cities. Their challenging itinerary takes them to the deep south and the far north. Off the beaten track they explore Patagonia, Easter Island, Hawaii, Alaska and Australia. They rounded the three great capes of the world against the wind and current: Cape Horn (South America), Cape Leeuwin (Australia) and Cape of Good Hope (South Africa). And of course, they sail in the tropics along powdery white beaches in azure blue water.
Curiosity as our Compass is a modern adventure story of two people with an unstoppable desire to look beyond the horizon. They combine long distance sailing with interesting land travels on each continent they visit. Always eager to learn more about the countries they visit and the people they meet.
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Rob Anderson was a magnet for trouble long before he went to sea at 15. But when he became Captain Rob Anderson, one of the youngest Australian Ship’s masters ever, it was suddenly his responsibility to keep everything afloat - no easy feat when seas were unregulated, full of madmen, and more like the wild west than anything on land.
Whether stashing a headless body in a cargo freezer, dodging pirates in Singapore Straits, losing the deceased before a sea burial, or treating a crew member who had swallowed a pair of knickers it was all part of the job for Captain Rob. Visceral, charming and definitely not for the faint of heart. When The Ship Hits The Fan is a treasure trove of hilarious incidents, accidents and seafaring shenanigans from working on every type of ship in every ocean of the world.
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Hannah Stowe has a degree in marine biology and is a qualified and experienced sailor. She currently lives in Germany, painting, writing and sailing her own boat.
In this inspiring memoir Hannah Stowe recounts her lifelong love affair with the sea and illuminates the complexities of our relationship with ocean ecosystem. It is an urgent call to address the damage we’re doing to the oceans, and a siren song to the beauty and power of the sea.
Let Stowe’s captivating prose transport you on a journey across the waves, feeling the wind and salt on your skin, and always watching out for the tantalizing glimpse of a whale.
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The extraordinary life and mysterious disappearance of Thomas Thor Tangvald.
Born at sea aboard his father’s hand-built sailboat and raised barefoot on her wooden decks, Thomas Thor Tangvald’s oceanic childhood was full of beauty and wonder – but was also scarred by horrific tragedies that left him an orphan.
Cast ashore into regular contact with human society for the first time at age 15, this intellectually gifted and uniquely educated young man at first reveled in his new environment but ultimately was led by his trauma into spirals of addiction and broken relationships.
Thomas hasn’t been seen since he sailed away from French Guiana in 2014, and some believe he must still be alive.
This biography is by turns inspiring, terrifying, beautiful and infuriating as Doane deftly explores the great cost of living freely at the whim of wind and water. He dissects the freedom one finds at sea and in any life close to nature, a powerful siren call even to those who will never venture there
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Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition, the loss and resurgence of his ship, and memories of growing up in South Africa inform Darrel Bristow-Bovey’s entrancing literary memoir Finding Endurance, about the romantic spirit of adventure and inspiring, myth-making stories.
In 2022, Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance—which sank in the Weddell Sea, though its crew survived—was rediscovered. Bristow-Bovey was buoyed by this news in the wake of COVID-19. His vigorous account of the 1915 voyage (by some reckonings, a “failure” because its goal of a trans-Antarctic crossing was never fulfilled) mixes with memories of his father, whose tale about meeting Shackleton (an impossibility) spurred his boyhood imaginings. Complemented by beautiful elements of nature writing, biography, and the heroics of polar exploration, this book is a tender tribute to family.
Bristow-Bovey is meticulous in recreating Shackleton’s voyage, which has since been hailed as a model of wise leadership through gruelling crises. His text dwells on infinite potentials—in charting landscapes, with the sea between ice floes likened to kintsugi; and of life. Narrative suspense divvies up the stages of the Endurance‘s fate: as Shackleton and his crew realize that they’re unable to rescue their ship and must winter on the ice, so, too, does Bristow-Bovey experience loss.
The book’s coverage of Edwardian figures, including Shackleton competitors Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen, leads to musings on optimism—highlighted as the quality that set Shackleton apart. It uses to crew diaries to draw ever-widening inferences about interpersonal needs and the methods by which Shackleton’s men staved off despair.
With elegiac considerations of subjects including time, hope, and ice, Finding Endurance is a grace-filled memoir about a father and a resilient Antarctic legend.
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An extraordinary story of American can-do, an inside look at the building of the most dangerous aircraft carrier in the world, the John F. Kennedy.
Tip the Empire State Building onto its side and you’ll have a sense of the length of the United States Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the most powerful in the world: the USS John F. Kennedy. Weighing 100,000 tons, Kennedy features the most futuristic technology ever put to sea, making it the most agile and lethal global weapon of war.
This is the story, of the riggers, fitters, welders, electricians, machinists and other steelworkers who built the next-generation aircraft carrier.
Heavy Metal puts us on the waterfront and into the lives of these men and women as they battle layoffs, the elements, impossible deadlines, extraordinary pressure, workplace dangers and a pandemic to complete a ship.
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The explosive true-crime story of a notorious hijacking, revealing the corrupt and secret world of international shipping.
In July 2011, the oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso was drifting through the treacherous Gulf of Aden when a crew of pirates attacked and set her ablaze in a devastating explosion. But when David Mockett, a maritime surveyor working for Lloyd's of London, inspected the damaged vessel, he was left with more questions than answers. Soon after his inspection, he was murdered.
Dead in the Water is a shocking expose of the criminal inner-workings of international shipping, an old-world industry at the backbone of our global economy.
Award-winning reporters Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel piece together the astounding truth behind one of the most brazen financial frauds in history.
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Deep in southern latitudes, in a desolate corner of Cumberland Bay on the east coast of the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, hard by the rotting quays of the abandoned whaling station of Grytviken and almost within a stone’s throw of the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, lie three forsaken steam ships: rusting remnants of British industrial past, unique survivals from a vanished age of steam at sea.
One of these ships is Viola, the sole surviving Hull steam trawler from the huge fleet which put 'fish & chips' on Britain's plates more than a hundred years ago.
In this absorbing account, the authors describe her ancestry and origins in the Victorian and Edwardian North Sea fishery—vividly depicting life for her crew in the most dangerous industry of its time; they record her Great War service as a U-boat hunter—one of the many merchant vessels largely unsung for their contribution, and often sacrifice, in wartime; and they recount her subsequent career hunting whales off West Africa, then later sealing and exploration work in the South Atlantic, before her final abandonment in South Georgia.
Here she became quarry for the infamous Argentine scrap metal expedition of 1982, in the initiating action of the Falklands War.
This improbable yet true story of a humble working vessel and those involved with her is a highly readable work of social, as well as maritime, history.
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TRAVELS WITH MY NAN.
By Nick Imber, Softback, 0.29 kg, 160mm x 215mm, 170 pages. Colour Photos. Published 2019
One Family's Life with a Barge Yacht.
I first met her in Tollesbury and immediately fell for her. She was an Essex girl through and through but not like all the others, although she was shallow. As far as I could see then there were only two problems. There was a big age difference—fifty-five years. She was born in 1904 and I was ten back then in 1959. None of this mattered to me but the second problem would be trickier: my Dad loved her too...
So begins Nick Imber’s affectionate account of his family’s love affair with the barge yacht Nan, who was to give so much pleasure to three generations, across twenty years from the 1950s to the 1970s.
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FOR THE LOVE OF SAUNTRESS.
By Martin O'Scannell, Softback, 0.25 kg, 160mm x 215mm, 142 pages. Colour & Black /White Photos. Published 2014
A Forty Year Affair
In 1973, Martin O'Scannall's love affair with Sauntress, voted in 2013 one of Classic Boat magazine's Top 250 Boats. Here, in a series of delightful, engaging episodes ranging from Anglesey to Galicia by way of the West Country, the East Coast, the Netherlands, Norway and south-west Ireland, is what it is like to restore and sail—and be possessed by—a modest yet glorious 28ft gaffer dating from the golden age of Edwardian yachting.
Illustrated with a gallery of outrageously beautiful photographs depicting Sauntress in all her present-day glory, and were taken on a single, perfect August evening off the Galician coast during her annual match race.
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MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS.
By John R Muir, Softback, 0.32 kg, 160mm x 215mm, 208 pages. Black & White Images. First Published 1938. This Edition 2016
Out of print since the late 1940s, Messing About in Boats is one of the most charming and evocative accounts of work and leisure afloat in the years either side of the Great War.
John Muir describes with humanity and humour the perils of boat acquisition and ownership by the impecunious, and the somewhat mixed talents of the Paid Hand...
Muir provides two valuable first-hand accounts of work afloat under steam and sail before the War, while he was on half-paid leave between assignments in the Royal Navy: In the North Sea ‘boxing’ fleet of trawlers which remained on station for weeks on end, where he served in his medical capacity, and later in the Bristol Channel Pilot service, where he crewed on a cutter, delivering the pilot to incoming ships in all weathers.
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SWIN, SWALE & SWATCHWAY.
By H Lewis Jones, Softback, 0.23 kg, 160mm x 215mm, 144 pages. Black & White Images. First Published 1892. This Edition 2014
Published in 1892 in a small and now scarce edition, Swin, Swale & Swatchway pre-dates and inspires both Maurice Griffiths and Francis B. Cooke in giving us the sailor’s experience of London’s doorstep wilderness, the Thames Estuary, and the boats and characters inhabiting it in late Victorian times.
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GOOD LITTLE SHIP.
By Peter Willis, Softback, 0.36 kg, 160mm x 215mm, 218 pages. Black & White/ Colour Photographs & Images. Published 2017
Peter Willis combines an analysis of a classic of maritime literature - We didn't Mean to go to Sea' (Arthur Ransome) with the story of the Nancy Blackett, Ransome’s own boat which appears as the Goblin in his story.
He describes her life, near-death and restoration, and her renaissance as an ambassador for Ransome and his tales.
(There’s more than a touch of irony about the title of Arthur Ransome’s We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea. The book came about precisely because that’s just what he had intended to do,’ Generations of children and their parents have delighted in Arthur Ransome’s series of twelve ‘Swallows and Amazons’ books, but one of them stands out from the rest as being of a different order altogether...)
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By Peter Grose, Softback, 0.35 kg, 155mm x 235mm, 229 pages. Published 2020
A band of convicts, a scoundrel by the name of Jimmy Porter, a stolen brig and a daring plan for escape.
From the grim docks of nineteenth-century London to the even grimmer shores of the brutal penal colony of Norfolk Island, this is a roller-coaster tale. It has everything: defiance of authority, treachery, piracy and mutiny, escape from the hangman's noose and even love.
Peopled with good men, buffoons, incompetents and larrikin convicts of the highest order, Ten Rogues is an unexpected and wickedly entertaining story.
Peter Grose brings to irresistible life the story of a small band of convicts who managed to escape the living hell of the Tasmanian penal colony of Sarah Island. Their getaway began by stealing the leaky and untested brig they had helped to build, and then sailing it across the Pacific from Tasmania to Chile with neither a map nor a chronometer.
Ten Rogues shines a light into some dark and previously well-hidden corners of colonial history...
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THE BOAT WHO WOULDN'T FLOAT
By Farley Mowat, Softback, 0.35 kg, 140mm x 215mm, 294 pages. New Edition 2018
It seemed like a good idea. Tired of everyday life ashore, Farley Mowat would find a sturdy boat in Newfoundland and roam the salt sea over, free as a bird. What he found was the worst boat in the world, and she nearly drove him mad. The Happy Adventure, despite all that Farley and his Newfoundland helpers could do, leaked like a sieve. Her engine only worked when she felt like it. Typically, on her maiden voyage, with the engine stuck in reverse, she backed out of the harbour under full sail. And she sank, regularly.
How Farley and a varied crew, including the intrepid lady who married him, coaxed the boat from Newfoundland to Lake Ontario is a marvellous story. The encounters with sharks, rum-runners, rum and a host of unforgettable characters on land and sea make this a very funny book for readers of all ages
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CRUSOE'S ISLAND A Rich and curious history of pirates, castaways and madness.
By Andrew Lambert, Paperback, 0.26 kg, 130mm x 198mm, 306 pages. Paperback Published 2017.
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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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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SAILING TO THE EDGE OF TIME
By John Kretschmer. Paperback, 0.21kg, 130mm x 200mm, 277 pages. This Ediiton Published 2020. Colour Photographs.
With hundreds of thousands of nautical miles under his keel, John Kretschmer's adventures have taken him several times around the world, with challenging crossings of the Atlantic and the Pacific, a narrow escape from a coup in Yemen, an unlikely deliverance from a coral reef off Belize as well as more serene, introspective passages where trade winds are blowing and stories are flowing. His crew has included CEOs, actors, writers, teachers, kids – in essence, everyone.
In this book he shares his simple profundities that will inspire those who live to sail, and those seeking something more rewarding from life. Interwoven with practical tips and advice in seamanship, but also, and just as importantly, his hard-won insights about making the most of our lives.
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