YARNS, NARRATIVES AND BIOGRAPHIES. Page Eight.


TRISTAN JONES, JOSHUA SLOCUM, BERNARD MOITESSIER, BILL TILMAN



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  • High Mountains and Cold Seas
  • Mischief in Patagonia
  • Mischief among the Penguins
  • Mischief in Greenland
  • Mostly Mischief
  • Mischief Goes South
  • In Mischief's Wake
  • Ice With Everything
  • Triumph and Tribulation
  • Sailing Alone Around the World
  • Sailing Alone Around the World (Stanfords Travel Classic)
  • The Long Way
  • Cape Horn - The Logical Route
  • Sailing to the Reefs
  • Encounters of a Wayward Sailor
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    HIGH MOUNTAINS AND COLD SEAS.
    The Life of H W 'Bill' Tilman. Soldier, Mountaineer, Navigator.
    By J R L Anderson. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 414 pages. (This Edition Published 2017) 0.66 kg

    Harold William 'Bill' Tilman (1898-1977) was among the greatest adventurers of his time, a pioneering mountaineer and navigator who held exploration above all else.
    The son of a Liverpool sugar importer, Tilman joined the army at seventeen and was twice awarded the Military Cross for bravery during WWI. After the war Tilman left for Africa, establishing himself as a coffee grower. He met Eric Shipton and they began their famed mountaineering partnership, traversing Mount Kenya and climbing Kilimanjaro.
    He was the first European to climb in the remote Assam Himalaya, delved into Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor and explored extensively in Nepal, all the while developing a mountaineering style characterised by its simplicity and emphasis on exploration.
    It was perhaps logical that Tilman would eventually buy the pilot cutter Mischief, not with the intention of retiring from travelling, but to access remote mountains. For twenty-two years he sailed Mischief and her successors in search of them- to Patagonia, where he made the first easterly crossing of the ice cap, to Baffin Island to make the first ascent of Mount Raleigh, to Greenland, Spitsbergen, and islands in the far Southern Ocean, before disappearing in the South Atlantic in 1977.

    J.R.L.Anderson's High Mountains and Cold Seas draws on a wealth of personal correspondence between Tilman-a compulsive letter writer-and his immediate family and close friends, crafting the first detailed account of the extraordinary life of this remarkable, but very private individual.

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    MISCHIEF IN PATAGONIA.
    An intolerable deal of sea, one halfpennyworth of mountain (1957)
    By H W Tilman. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 202 pages. This Edition Published 2015. 0.35 kg

    One of the great sailing and exploration adventures.

    Tilman, well in to his fifties, progressed from sailing a 14-foot dinghy to his own 45-foot pilot cutter Mischief, readied for her deep-sea voyaging, and recruited a crew for his most ambitious of private expeditions. Well past her prime, Mischief carried Tilman, along with an ex-dairy farmer, two army officers and a retired civil servant, safely the length of the North and South Atlantic oceans, and through the notoriously difficult Magellan Strait, against strong prevailing winds, to their icy landfall in the far south of Chile.

    The shore party spent six weeks crossing the Patagonian ice cap, in both directions, returning to find that their vessel had suffered a broken propeller. Edging north under sail only, Mischief put into Valparaiso for repairs, and finally made it home to Lymington via the Panama Canal, for a total of 20,000 nautical miles sailed.

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    MISCHIEF AMONG THE PENGUINS.
    'Hand (Man) wanted for long voyage in a small boat. No pay, no prospects, not much pleasure ' (1961)
    By H W Tilman. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 191 pages. This Edition Published 2015. 0.32 kg

    With unclimbed ice-capped peaks and anchorages that could at best be described as challenging, the Southern Ocean island groups of Crozet and Kerguelen provided obvious destinations for Tilman and his fifty-year-old wooden pilot cutter Mischief. His previous attempt to land in the Crozet Islands had been abandoned when their only means of landing was carried away by a severe storm in the Southern Ocean.

    Tilman’s account of landfalls on these tiny remote volcanic islands, bears testament to the development of his ocean navigation skills and seamanship. The accounts of the island anchorages, their snow-covered heights, geology and in particular the flora and fauna pay tribute to the varied interests and ingenuity of Mischief’s crew, not least after several months at sea when food supplies needed to be eked out.....

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    MISCHIEF IN GREENLAND
    "Only a man in the devil of a hurry would wish to fly to his mountains, forgoing the lingering pleasure and mounting excitement of a slow, arduous approach under his own exertions. (1964)
    By H W Tilman. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 215 pages. This Edition Published 2015. 0.32 kg

    First published fifty years before political correctness became an accepted rule, Mischief in Greenland is a treasure trove of Tilman’s observational wit.
    In this account of his first two West Greenland voyages, he pulls no punches with regard to the occasional failings, leaving the reader to seek out and discover the numerous achievements of these voyages. The highlight of the second voyage was the identification, surveying and successful first ascent of Mount Raleigh, first observed on the eastern coast of Baffin Island.

    For the many sailors and climbers who have since followed his lead and ventured north into those waters, Tilman provides much practical advice.
    Tilman’s typical gift of understatement belies his position as one of the greatest explorers and adventurers of the twentieth century.

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    MOSTLY MISCHIEF
    Including the first ascent of a Mountain to start below sea level. (1966)
    By H W Tilman. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 212 pages. This Edition Published 2015. 0.36 kg

    Mostly Mischief’s ordinary title belies four more extraordinary voyages made by H.W. ‘Bill’ Tilman covering almost 25,000 miles in both Arctic and Antarctic waters.

    The first sees the pilot cutter Mischief retracing the steps of Elizabethan explorer John Davis to the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage. Tilman and a companion land on the north coast and make the hazardous crossing of Bylot Island while the remainder of the crew make the eventful passage to the southern shore to recover the climbing party. Back in England, Tilman refuses to accept the condemnation of Mischief’s surveyor, undertaking costly repairs before heading back to sea for a first encounter with the East Greenland ice.

    Between June 1964 and September 1965, Tilman is at sea almost without a break. Two eventful voyages to East Greenland in Mischief provide the entertaining bookends to his account of the five-month voyage in the Southern Ocean as skipper of the schooner Patanela.
    Tilman had been hand-picked by the expedition leader as the navigator best able to land a team of Australian and New Zealand climbers and scientists on Heard Island, a tiny volcanic speck in the Furious Fifties devoid of safe anchorages and capped by an unclimbed glaciated peak.

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    MISCHIEF GOES SOUTH
    'Every Herring should Hang by its own tail'. (1968)
    By H W Tilman. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 194 pages. This Edition Published 2015. 0.33 kg

    In 1966, after a succession of eventful and successful voyages in the high latitudes of the Arctic, Tilman and his pilot cutter Mischief head south again, this time with the Antarctic Peninsula, Smith Island and the unclimbed Mount Foster in their sights.
    Mischief goes South is an account of a voyage marred by tragedy and dogged by crew trouble from the start.
    Tilman gives ample insight into the difficulties associated with his selection of shipmates and his supervision of a crew, as he wryly notes, ‘to have four misfits in a crew of five is too many’.

    The second part of this volume contains the account of a gruelling voyage south, an account left unwritten for ten years for lack of time and energy. Originally intended as an expedition to the remote Crozet Islands in the southern Indian Ocean, this 1957 voyage evolved into a circumnavigation of Africa, the unplanned consequence of a momentary lapse in attention by an inexperienced helmsman.

    The two voyages described in Mischief goes South covered 43,000 miles over twenty-five months spent at sea.

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    IN MISCHIEF"S WAKE
    'In the Joy of the Actors Lies the Sense of Any Action. That Is the Explanation, That the Excuse. ' (1971)
    By H W Tilman. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 171 pages. This Edition Published 2015. 0.30 kg

    The first of the three voyages described in In Mischief’s Wake gives H.W. ‘Bill’ Tilman’s account of the final voyage and loss of Mischief, the Bristol Channel pilot cutter in which he had sailed over 100,000 miles to high latitudes in both Arctic and Antarctic waters.

    Back home, refusing to accept defeat and going against the advice of his surveyor, he takes ownership of Sea Breeze, built in 1899; ‘a bit long in the tooth, but no more so, in fact a year less, than her prospective owner’.
    After extensive remedial work, his first attempt at departure had to be cut short when the crew ‘enjoyed a view of the Isle of Wight between two of the waterline planks’.

    After yet more expense, Sea Breeze made landfall in Iceland before heading north toward the East Greenland coast in good shape and well stocked with supplies. A mere forty miles from the entrance to Scoresby Sound, Tilman’s long-sought-after objective, ‘a polite mutiny’ forced him to abandon the voyage and head home.

    The following year, with a crew game for all challenges, a series of adventures on the west coast of Greenland gave Tilman a voyage he considered ‘certainly the happiest’, in a boat which was proving to be a worthy successor to his beloved Mischief.

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    ICE WITH EVERYTHING
    'In Climbing Mountains or sailing the Sea one often has to settle for less than one hoped' (1974)
    By H W Tilman. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 159 pages. This Edition Published 2015. 0.28 kg

    Three more voyages, ‘the first comparatively humdrum, the second totally disastrous, and the third exceedingly troublesome’.
    The first voyage describes Tilman’s 1971 attempt to reach East Greenland’s remote and mountainous Scoresby Sound. The largest fjord system in the world was named after the Whitby whaling captain, William Scoresby, who first charted the coastline in 1822. Scoresby’s two volume Account of the Arctic Regions provided much of the historical inspiration for Tilman’s northern voyages and fuelled his fascination with Scoresby Sound.

    With a good crew aboard in 1971, it was particularly frustrating for Tilman to find the boat blocked by impenetrable ice off the entrance to the fjord. He refused to give up; his obsession with Scoresby Sound continued in 1972 and after a series of unfortunate events Sea Breeze ended up between a rock and an ice floe with a failed engine and a disastrous outcome.

    Safely back home in Wales, the inevitable search for a new boat began. ‘One cannot buy a biggish boat as if buying a piece of soap. The act is almost as irrevocable as marriage and should be given as much thought’. The 1902 Pilot Cutter Baroque, after not inconsiderable expense, proved equal to the challenge after Tilman’s first troublesome voyage in her to West Greenland in 1973....

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    TRIUMPH AND TRIBULATION
    'No Ship should be without Tabasco Sauce' (1977)
    By H W Tilman. Paperback, 158mm x 215mm, 200 pages. This Edition Published 2015. 0.34 kg

    A younger, less experienced crew join Tilman in 1975, this time heading north along Greenland’s west coast until a break in the boom necessitates the abandonment of the objective and an early return. ‘ The following year proves to be Tilman’s last voyage in his own boat.

    Tilman never expected crews to pay, covering all the costs of his voyages personally. He therefore held the quite reasonable view that his crew would pull their weight, show loyalty to the ship and take the rough with the smooth. Sadly, the crew in 1976 fell far short of that expectation, forcing several changes of plan and eventually obliging Tilman to leave Baroque in Iceland. Not for the first time in Tilman’s remarkable 140,000 miles of voyaging is he moved to quote Conrad: ‘Ships are all right, it's the men in them.’

    Tilman set a high standard and led by example; where his companions rose to the challenge, as they did in the majority of his expeditions, the results were often remarkable.

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    SAILING ALONE AROUND THE WORLD.
    By Captain Joshua Slocum. Paperback, 130mm x 198mm, 294 pages, monochrome illustrations.
    Joshua Slocum's epic solo voyage around the world in 1895 in the 37 foot sloop Spray stands as one of the greatest sea adventures of all time. It remains one of the major feats of single-handed voyaging, and has since been the inspiration for the many who have gone to sea in small boats.
    Starting from Boston on 24 April 1895, Slocum crossed the Atlantic to Gibraltar, only to discover he would have to change his route. He then re-crossed the Atlantic and followed Magellan's course south-westwards, sailing through the Strait, traversing the Pacific and Indian Oceans, rounding the Cape of Good Hope, and crossing the Atlantic a third time, dropping anchor at Newport, Rhode Island on 27 June 1898. He had covered some 46,000 miles entirely under sail and entirely alone - much of the time with the wheel lashed while he sat below reading, cooking or mending his clothes.
    Slocum's account of his epic voyage is a classic of sailing literature, acclaimed as an unequalled masterpiece of vital yet disciplined prose. It will be welcomed by admirers of Slocum's legendary achievement.

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    SAILING ALONE AROUND THE WORLD.
    By Captain Joshua Slocum. Paperback, 130mm x 198mm, 164 pages, monochrome illustrations. Published in this edition 2015

    Sailing Alone around the World is the extraordinary story of one man's courage and resourcefulness, and has an enduring and universal appeal as a landmark of world adventure. Stanfords Travel Classics feature some of the finest historical travel writing in the English language, with authors hailing from both sides of the Atlantic

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    THE LONG WAY
    By Bernard Moitessier. Pbk, 135mm x 210mm, 252 pages, monochrome drawings and maps. Sheridan House Edition 2019
    The Long Way is Bernard Moitessier's own incredible story of his participation in the first Golden Globe Race, a solo, non-stop circumnavigation rounding the three great Capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin, and the Horn.
    For seven months, the veteran seafarer battled storms, doldrums, gear-failures, knock-downs, as well as overwhelming fatigue and loneliness. Then, nearing the finish, Moitessier pulled out of the race and sailed on for another three months before ending his 37,455-mile journey in Tahiti.
    Not once had he touched land.

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    CAPE HORN The Logical Route
    By Bernard Moitessier. Pbk, 140mm x 215mm, 251pages, monochrome drawings.
    Ship wrecked and destitute Bernard Moitessier find himself in Trinidad going through options to get himself to sea, then a phone call changed his situation in a way he never thought possible, fortune shone on him again. After accepting a passage back to Europe on a freighter he started from scratch and once again got the boat he wanted. Built of steel and a sea-kindly hull Joshua took Bernard and his wife to Tahiti where life was as it should be.
    The time comes when one has to take another tack and so to get back to Europe, Cape Horn was The Logical Route. Francoise his wife was not an experienced sailor and the journey was not easy but Joshua looked after them.
    Bernard Moitessier writes with a great sense of philosophy, never dramtic, always calm and accepting of the conditions Moitessier writes a very readable book. This book also has a chapter Designer's Notes which has a lot of discussion on the seaworthiness of that particular design, worth reading if you are looking at a specific cruising design.

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    SAILING TO THE REEFS
    By Bernard Moitessier. Softback, 295 pages, 138mm x 215mm, 0.39kg Published this Edition 2001

    Perhaps the title of this book, (Bernard Moitessier's first), should have been "Sailing on the Reefs'--for that is exactly what he did, almost unbelievably, twice.
    After finding his beloved Marie-Therese, a beautiful junk in the Gulf of Siam, he set off across the Indian Ocean for Africa and eventually the Caribbean. Eighty days or so into the trip, Moitessier and Marie-Therese found themselves on the reef at Diego Garcia.

    It took Moitessier just nine months to build Marie-Therese II from scratch in Mauritius with no boat plans or power tools. From her launch he sailed her down to South Africa. His observations during a stay of almost two years are as interesting as the people he met and the innovative boat improvements he came up with. Unfortunately, he and Marie-Therese II managed to end up on the rocks near St. Vincent in the Caribbean.
    In between these two heartbreaking disasters is a tale of courage, resourcefulness, and creativity. It is told with refreshing honesty, in which Moitessier, still really an apprentice sailor, admits his blunders. And it is told with marvelous humor.

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    ENCOUNTERS OF A WAYWARD SAILOR.
    By Tristan Jones. Paperback, 137mm x 210mm, 198 pages.
    Here is Tristan Jones, the great teller of sea stories with a new collection of yarns, reminiscences and adventures never before published in book form. Drawing on experiences from a lifetime at sea, Jones uses his acute powers of observation and his gift with the written word to transport us aboard boats struggling through savage gales, sweltering through parched calms, and sliding down the trade winds through beautiful phosphorescent seas.
    We meet famous mountain climber and sailing adventurer Bill Tilman, long-distance voyager and writer Bernard Moitessier, and pioneering woman sailor Clare Francis, as well as a panoply of memorable characters who inevitably crossed Jones' path.
    With a special poignancy and his wry sense of humor, Jones brings back to life people, places, and boats now gone forever. He recalls the best anchorages he visited, the many boats he sailed, his favorite cities, and his most memorable voyages. And for veteran Tristan Jones readers, this book offers a glimpse of his last years in Thailand.

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    YARNS, NARRATIVES AND BIOGRAPHIES. Page Eight.


    TRISTAN JONES, JOSHUA SLOCUM, BERNARD MOITESSIER, BILL TILMAN



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