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The Last Grain Race


Year: 2014
Language: english
Author: Eric Newby
Genre: History
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780007597840
Format: EPUB
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 179
Description: In 1939, at the age of 18, Eric Newby boarded as an apprentice on the four-masted sailing ship Moshulu for the round trip from Europe to Australia and back, outwards by way of the Cape of Good Hope and round Cape Horn. Moshulu was the largest sailing ship still employed in the transportation of grain from Australia to Europe. Every year from 1921 to 1939, the vessels involved in the grain trade competed to find the shortest and fastest passage home, the so-called 'grain race'. The book is a first-hand account of the last 'grain race' of maritime history, and also a story of a voyage and a personal adventure. The author captured the difficulties, the adventure and the danger of life at sea, the storms, the quarrels and the friendship on board, but over all the book is the witness of the passing of the era of great sail ships.

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