Not sure if anyone hit this one on the head,
Bernard Montessier: The Long Way,
Basically his journal from a solo circumnav trip on his ship Joshua (can't figure out how to italicize). Phenomenal read.
I know sneuman agrees (post #12....)
BTW - I think this thread is outstanding!!! Some of the best books I have ever read are from this list. My all-time favorites though are the reccomendations from a fellow Aussie - tdw
The three books from James Bisset: Sail Ho, Tramps & Ladies, and Commodore
After reading Sail Ho I had to hunt down the other two over a period of months - finally got them though (at a price...) What an incredible read.
From tdw post#68
Bisset started his career as a cabin boy on a square rigger, graduated to steam, was second officer of the Carpathia during the Titanic schemozzle, did a couple of stints in the Royal Navy then back to Cunard where he skippered the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth, retiring in 1946 as Commodore of the Cunard Line."
Everytime I think about a bit more creature comfort on a boat I think back to 'Sail Ho' and the conditions experienced not so long ago. If you ever happen to see one of these books at a fleamarket or used book store I would grab it.