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more great books not yet mentioned
Northern Light by Rolf Bjelke & Deborah Shapiro about a voyage from the Arctic to Antarctic in a 40' steel boat - excellent pictures as well as narrative.
Cruising Rigs & Rigging by Ross Norgrove - excellent book from one very experienced sailor
Log of the Mahina by John Neal - his first book about his pacific voyage in a Vega 27
The African Queen by C.S. Forester - a novel of WWI made into a great movie with Humphrey Bogart & Katherine Hepburn
High Endeavors by Miles Clark - a biography of Miles & Beryl Smeeton by Miles'
godson (a very accomplished writer who as I recall sailed to Estonia in a wooden sailboat and mysteriously died after his return - there was a book but I can't remember the name - help appreciated
The Voyage of Kristina by Wayne Carpenter - family voyage in a Norsea 27
A Life In Boats - the Concordia Years by Waldo Howland
Sealord , Wildtrack, and other novels of the sea by Bernard Cornwell
A Dream Of Islands by Philip Teece - sailing without an engine in a small boat
among the Gulf Islands of the B.C. coast over a 20 year period
The Grey Seas Under & The Serpents Coil by Farley Mowat - non-fiction acounts of deep sea salvage tugs owned by the Foundation Co. of Newfoundland - awesome tales of rescue & seamanship
Cockleshell Heroes by C.E. Lucas-Phillips - true story of the canoe raids the
Royal Marines carried out on enemy shipping in Bordeaux in WWII led by Colonel Blondie Hasler who went on to originate the Observer Singlehanded
race across the Atlantic as well as the first popular commercial vane steering gear
Running Wild by Antony Trew - a modern sailing novel and a good read
Princess New York by Joe Richards - a novel that was originally serialized in Rudder Magazine in the late 60's ( my age is starting to show - I read it every month in my dad's copy of the magazine) It chronicles the purchase of a rundown Friendship Sloop and the rebuilding of same in a rundown boatyard.
An excellent book very well written. I now have a first edition in my library.
Trustee From The Toolroom by Nevil Shute - the last novel by this author which involves intrigue and sailing the south pacific. It was published a few months after Shute died. He was a personal friend of Miles Smeeton and as I recall wrote the foreword in one of Smeeton's books.
Mutiny On The Bounty by Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall - really a piece of history as well as the story behind sevral excellent movies
Survive The Savage Sea by Dougal Robertson - the true chronicle of survival after the family's yacht is sunk by killer whales in the Pacific
Hostage To Fortune by Ernest K. Gann (his autobiography) an excellent book
by one of the best writers I have ever come across and though not all sailing related his other 25 or so books are well worth reading - Song Of The Sirens
has already been mentioned but deserves a second mention
Bill Garden has published several design books where each boat is described in the designer's excellent prose.
Single Handed Passage & Temptress Returns by Edward Allcard written in the early 1950's. excellent books by one who sailed an old (1910 built) 34' gaff yawl across the Alantic and back. While in New York he spotted Sea Wanderer, a newer derelict in the Hudson River (built in Germany in 1911) and purchased her for $250. He laid her up in New York and sailed Temptress back to the UK. He later took a delivery trip to N.Y. and set about readying Sea Wanderer for his dream - a circumnavigation which he completed in 1973
without satnav, liferaft or even a radio. The beginning of this trip is told in Voyage Alone. He sold Sea Wanderer in 1974 & purchased a 69' gaff schooner that had been sunk in St. John's Harbour, Antigua 6 months before and spent the next 30 years restoring her first in the Seychelles and then in the Far East. Johanne as she was named was finally sold to the City of Badalona in Spain as a sail training ship in 2006. 85 years after his first sail Edward hung up the anchor. He is working on his 4th book about the South American legs of his circumnavigation. He took up scuba diving at 65, windsurfing at 70 and skiing at 75 and at 92 still skis! (his books were some of the first I read about sailing and I treasure a first edition of Single-Handed Passage)
The pile of books beside my chair is getting pretty high so I'll finish for now, but I'll think of more no doubt.