SailNet Community - View Single Post - Sailing adventure books (stretch the truth?)
View Single Post
  #3  
Old 10-08-2007
TrueBlue's Avatar
TrueBlue TrueBlue is offline
Señor Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
Posts: 4,853
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 13
TrueBlue is a jewel in the rough TrueBlue is a jewel in the rough TrueBlue is a jewel in the rough
Desperate Voyage, by John Caldwell is claimed to be a true story and was a real page turner. But to my impression, the novel has to fit more into the "based upon" category.

For those who haven't yet read it, Caldwell was stranded in Panama just after WWII and wanted to set out for Sydney to rejoin his wife, whom he had not seen since their 3-day honeymoon a year before.

He was unable to find any immediate transportation, so he bought a 20 ft sailboat, named Pagan and set out on a 9,000 mile journey - which proved to be very foolhardy. It's an incredible adventure that sent him through every nightmare imaginable, including a hurricane.

Unbelievable terrors each day of his passage make for a fantastic and enjoyable story. "No way this much bad luck could ever be true" was my initial reaction, but it is listed as a true story.
__________________
True Blue . . .
sold the Nauticat
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook