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A Speck on the Sea: Epic Voyages in the Most Improbable Vessels


Year: 2005
Language: english
Author: William Longyard
Genre: Handbook
Publisher: International Marine- McGraw-Hill
ISBN: 9780071460098
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 385
Description: This book contains more than seventy accounts of big adventures in small boats. In "A Speck on the Sea", William Longyard reaches back through five centuries to gather a collection of sea adventures in which the smallest, unlikeliest craft - and the daring individuals aboard them - completed extraordinary voyages against great odds. From canoes and small sailboats to a pair of strap-to-your-feet pontoons, the watercraft in these true stories make nearly as varied a collection as the mariners who piloted them. The intrepid seafarers and their feats of seamanship include: Ed Gillet's kite-powered transpacific kayak voyage Gladys Gradely's 1902 quest to become the first woman to solo the Atlantic; Ben Lecomte's swim across an ocean for love; Hugo Vihlen's 1968 ocean crossing in the 6-foot sailboat, April Fool; Peter Bird's tragic attempt to row across the Pacific; and, scores more. Whether driven by desperation, adventure, or a desire for fame and fortune, the risktakers in these stories show what vast oceans can be crossed in tiny contrivances by those who dare. 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.

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