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by Jack London
Jack London came by his expertise in writing his sea stories naturally; he was himself a good seaman. In this book, he describes the decision to build a boat and and sail around the world . 311 pages
$25.95
by William Agnew Paton
Paton's superb "history" of the Caribbean from a cruising perspective. Great writing; fascinating insights. 475 pages
$34.95
by William Washburn Nutting
A fine transatlatic cruising story. 334 pages
$24.95
by John MacGregor
MacGregor's great single-hander book; from London to Paris and back by Havre, the Isle of Wight and the South Coast. 335 pages
$25.95
by Russell Doubleday
A true tale of the adventures of four boys in a thirty-foot yawl. 369 pages
$25.95
by Hall and Nordhoff
A cruise to the soourh Seas. 355 pages
$25.95
by E.A. & m.c. Salisbury and Cooper
A Pacific cruise with a tragic ending. 331 pages
$25.95
by Arnold Bennett
Bennett's fascinatbg ceruise through Holland. 278 pages
$22.95
by Charles Augustus Stoddard
Summer days inWintermonths. A good companion to Paton. 220 pages
$19.95
by Lawrence Irving
The Log of a Summer Cruise Through Holland. 343 pages
$25.95
by Captain Thomas Crapo
The life and adventures of Capain Thomas Crapo and wife. One of the first Transatlantic crossings in a small boat. 182 pages
$17.95
by R.T. McMullen
The cruises of the first and still one of the greatest of the single-handers. 183 pages
$34.95
by E.F. Knight
A Coasting Voyage from Hammersmith to Copenhagen in a Three-ton Yacht. 184 pages
$25.95
by Lord Dufferin
Being Some Account of a Voyage in the Schooner Yacht Foam to Iceland, Jan Mayen and Spitzbergen in 1856. 406 pages
$34.95
by Philip Gilbert Hamerton
An absorbing narrative of a cruise on this French river in 1889, partly by Catamaran. 368 pages
$25.95
by Robert Quinton
Being a Truthful Record of the Experiences and Escapes of Robert Quinton among the Cannibals of the South Seas. 228 pages
$29.95
by E.E. Middleton
One of the first circumnavigations of the British Isles by a small yacht in 1870. 273 pages
$22.95
by Negley Farson
A sail across Europe via canals and rivers in a small yawl in 1925 with intimations of the coming fascist disaster. 399 pages
$25.95
by S. Clough
An hilarious account of the adventures of a small boat and a small family on the Thames near London. 272 pages
$22.95
by George H. Hepworth
An American cruise in a Schooner along the shores of the Northeastern United States in about 1875. 292 pages
$22.95
THE CRUISE OF THE SNARK (Pub. No. 17)
Jack London/Jack London came by his expertise in writing his sea stories naturally; he was himself a good seaman. In this book, he describes the decision to build a boat and and sail around the world . 311 pages

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THE CRUISE OF THE SNARK
by Jack London

Jack London came by his expertise in writing his sea stories naturally; he was himself a good seaman. In this book, he describes the decision to build a boat and and sail around the world thusly,"It began in the swimming pool at Glen Ellen. Between swims it was our wont to come out and lie in the sand and let our skins breathe the warm air and soak in the sunshine. Roscoe was a yachtsman. I had followed the sea a bit. It was inevitable that we should talk about boats. We talked about small boats, and the seaworthiness of small boats. We instanced Captain Slocum and his three years' voyage around the world in the Spray. We asserted that we were not afraid to go around the world in a small boat, say forty feet long. We asserted furthermore that we would like to do it. We asserted finally that there was nothing in this world we'd like better than a chance to do it." And so they did, and this is their story. First published in 1908.

Jack London, 311 pages

$25.95
DOWN THE ISLANDS (Pub. No. 19)
William Agnew Paton/Paton's superb "history" of the Caribbean from a cruising perspective. Great writing; fascinating insights. 475 pages

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DOWN THE ISLANDS
A Voyage to the Caribbees
by William Agnew Paton
with illustrations by M.J. Burns

This is not cruising under sail, it's cruising on a small steamship in the 1880's. A little like Tomlinson's The Sea and the Jungle, in that it is a cruise which starts on a whim and ends by understanding, and portraying, through superb writing, the history and culture of an area. In this case, instead of the Amazon, it's the Windward Islands and the Lesser Antilles. From Sombrero to Trinidad, Paton carries us along on a tour de force of an understanding of an entire region. He has the unique ability to combine, in a single paragraph, limpid prose about the view, and useful data about the history and topology of what appears before him. He also has one advantage over Tomlinson in that he has the illustrations of Burns, which are nothing short of superb. His pen and ink drawings (which would be considered very fine today and are not the least dated) are accompanied by a number of full-page paintings, but it is the ink sketches which really capture the moment. The typography of this 1887 edition is also extremely sophisticated. Even the illustrated first paragraph initials are wonderful, (illustrated by Burns of course), and the head and tailpieces are also lovely. We have of course reproduced all of these in their entirety. If you plan a cruise to this area at any time in the future, you owe it to yourself to acquire this title. Cruisers can come to little harm if they have some knowledge of the area in which they cruise, and this includes the history of the culture as well as the light lists and pilots. In fact, a little knowledge here, instead of being a "dangerous thing" can well be a passport to new friends and warm new experiences. First published in 1887.

William Agnew Paton, 475 pages

$34.95
THE TRACK OF THE TYPHOON (Pub. No. 26)
William Washburn Nutting/A fine transatlatic cruising story. 334 pages

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THE TRACK OF THE TYPHOON
by William Washburn Nutting

On a cold, blustery, late November day in 1920 a little black yacht beat her way slowly through the Narrows against an ebbing tide and a raw nor'wester and tied up at St. George, Staten Island. To the casual observer there was nothing unusual about the event, except possibly the lateness of the season, but to the practiced eye there were signs that spelled something more than a post-season run to the fishing banks. Her storm trysail, her tattered ensign, her decks and rail scoured white, the life lines strung between her shrouds, all were marks that told of a battle with strong winds and heavy seas. She was the Typhoon, thirty-two days from the Azores, and in her short career, since her launching in July she had completed a cruise of seven thousand-odd miles that had taken her twice across the North Atlantic. And Typhoon's was a pleasure cruise! The story covers the history of Typhoon from the time of her conception to the finish of her cruise a year later and was originally serialized in Motor Boat magazine. William Atkin was also a member of the crew on this cruise. First published in 1921.

William Washburn Nutting, 334 pages

$24.95
THE VOYAGE ALONE IN THE YAWL ROB ROY (Pub. No. 27)
John MacGregor/MacGregor's great single-hander book; from London to Paris and back by Havre, the Isle of Wight and the South Coast. 335 pages

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THE VOYAGE ALONE IN THE YAWL ROB ROY
by John MacGregor

MacGregor is best known for his canoeing prowess and the development of the Rob Roy canoe through which he had an enormous effect on the sport of canoeing in England and also here in America. His voyages in Europe, the Baltic and in the Near East are fascinating works, and this single-handed voyage along the coast of France and across the channel to England is no less fascinating. MacGregor epitomized the 19th century Englishman; God, Duty, Country, King, etc., and these traits which are so evident in his canoeing writings are no less visible here. First published in 1867.

John MacGregor, 335 pages

$25.95
A YEAR IN A YAWL (Pub. No. 31)
Russell Doubleday/A true tale of the adventures of four boys in a thirty-foot yawl. 369 pages

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A YEAR IN A YAWL
A 7000 Mile Cruise Down the Mississippi and Up the Atlantic
by Russell Doubleday
from the Log of Capt. Ransom

This is a true tale of the adventures of four boys in a thirty-foot yawl. The age of the boys is never clearly stipulated, (although it is mentioned that they are just out of high school) and the Capt. Ransom in the attribution above is Kenneth Ransom, one of the boys. He it is who had planned, designed and built the boat, (the Gazelle), conceived the trip and commanded her throughout. It was quite an extraordinary project and one that today would be considered as "beyond" the capacity of mere boys. In 1901 however, there were no bike helmets and no hysterics about safety, and, like the crew of the Typhoon , and the Snark these boys just decided to do it! They built the boat and they did it! If you need any inspiration to finish that cruising boat in the garage and get off-soundings, then this book should do it for you! Are you going to let yourself be outdone by mere lads? First published in 1901.

Russell Doubleday, 369 pages

$25.95
FAERY LANDS OF THE SOUTH SEAS (Pub. No. 80)
Hall and Nordhoff/A cruise to the soourh Seas. 355 pages

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FAERY LANDS OF THE SOUTH SEAS
by James Norman Hall and Charles Bernard Nordhoff

Following the Great War and finding themselves in Paris, Nordhoff and Hall decide that the adventues is not yet over. Let them tell it. "I don't remember when it was that Nordhoff and I first talked of this adventure. The idea had grown upon us, one might say, with the gradual splendor of a tropical sunrise. We were far removed from the tropics at that time. We were, in fact in Paris and had behind us the greatest adventure we shall ever know. On the Place de la Concorde and along the Champs-Élysées stood rank on rank of German cannon, silent enough now, but still menacing, their muzzles tilted skyward at that ominous slant one came to know so well". They end up voyaging among the islands of the Pacific on the trading schooners, learning of the people, the customs and the seas. All those who would cruis these waters should know something of the history of these waters.

Hall and Nordhoff, 355 pages

$25.95
THE SEA GYPSY (Pub. No. 99)
E.A. & m.c. Salisbury and Cooper/A Pacific cruise with a tragic ending. 331 pages

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THE SEA GYPSY
by Edward A. Salisbury and Merian C. Cooper

This is the story of what was to be a circumnavigation but which ended one sea short unhappily, in Italy, with the burning of the Wisdom . Before she died however, she sailed from Los Angeles, throughout the Pacific and into Malaysia and North Africa. From the Prologue, "I know of no good reason shy she should have been called the Wisdom unless it was because the men on here were wise enough not to stay in cities when there was the open sea before them and all the world to roam. Or perhaps it was because the ship itself was as wise a little vessel as ever sailed when it came to knowing the ways of the sea. At Lloyd's she was probably listed as an 88-ton sailing yacht, with auxiliary gasolene engine. But if she could have spoken she would have denied this prosaic description, for if there ever was a ship in search of all the romance and adventure to be found in the queer corners of the earth this was one. She followed no regular traveled route nor any schedule of time, but sailed where and when she pleased. In fact, if she could have spoken and you had asked here to what category of vessels she belonged, she would have been quite surprised at your ignorance and said, "Why of course, I'm a sea gypsy." First published in in 1924.

E.A. & m.c. Salisbury and Cooper, 331 pages

$25.95
FROM THE LOG OF THE VELSA (Pub. No. 105)
Arnold Bennett/Bennett's fascinatbg ceruise through Holland. 278 pages

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FROM THE LOG OF THE VELSA
by Arnold Bennett

This is cruising as literature! Arnold Bennett, who lived from 1867–1931, was an English novelist and dramatist. One of the great 20th-century English novelists, Bennett is famous for his realistic novels about the “Five Towns,” an imaginary manufacturing district in northern England. Influenced by the naturalism of Zola, he depicted in great detail the grim, sometimes sordid, lives of shopkeepers and potters. His attitude toward his characters was one of affectionate sympathy, and he always managed to make their mundane lives interesting. In this book, he undertakes five cruises on the Velsa , a 55 ft. LOA Dutch yacht with a paid crew. He visits, in turn, Holland, The Baltic, Copenhagen, The French and Flemish Coats and East Anglian estuaries. His wit and charm are absolutely unstoppable, and those of our readers who enjoyed Stevenson's An Inland Voyage will find much in common with this book. There are also echoes of The Riddle of the Sands, since his cruise, (although no actual date is given) must have taken place in the years 1812-1813 because he makes mention of the threatening attitudes he encountered among representatives of the rising German Empire. A delight from beginning to end and illustrated with 50 superb watercolours and sketches by E.A. Rickards in black and white and colour and a colour frontispiece by Bennett himself. First published in 1814. Another volume of art criticism while cruising is A Summer Voyage on the River Saone by Hamerton.

Arnold Bennett, 278 pages

$22.95
CRUISING AMONG THE CARIBBEES (Pub. No. 151)
Charles Augustus Stoddard/Summer days inWintermonths. A good companion to Paton. 220 pages

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CRUISING AMONG THE CARIBBEES
Summer Days in Winter Months
by Charles Augustus Stoddard

Here's another late nineteenth-century cruising story set in the Caribbean. There are some fascinating photographs of early islands and ports in this popular cruising area. The contents include: Literature of the Islands; Discovery and Characteristics of the Caribbes; A Sea Change; The Virgin Group; St. Thomas and its People; Santa Cruz; From Saba to St. Kitt's; Life on St. Kitt's; A Real West Indian Island; Antigua and its Annals; Witchcraft and Superstition; Guadeloupe; Sabbath Day Island; Caribs of Dominica and St. Vincent; Isle de Martinique; Battles Among the Islands; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Barbados; Trinidad; Hindus at Trinidad; and La Brea and the Pitch Lake. Other titles describing the history of this popular cruising area are Paton's, Down the Islands and Bell's The Spell of the Caribbean Islands.

Charles Augustus Stoddard, 220 pages

$19.95
WINDMILLS AND WATERWAYS (Pub. No. 177)
Lawrence Irving /The Log of a Summer Cruise Through Holland. 343 pages

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WINDMILLS AND WATERWAYS
by Lawrence Irving

Here's another example of cruising as fine literature! In fact, Irving's recounting of the early history of the Dutch as a maritime nation is nothing shore of extraordinary because of his ability to bring to life so many of the strange sea battles which took place around the exceedingly shallow shores of this "netherland". Look especially for the descriptions of the battles of the Sea Beggers, who liberated Holland from the Spanish tyranny. Irving finds a nice little cutter for sale in southern England, names her the Pamela Mary, and more on a whim than anything, embarks on a cruise through the Dutch canals with his good wife and a highly capable paid hand named Albert! Anyone thinking of cruising in Holland or with any interest in the country and its canals should not pass this up. Profusely illustrated by the author.

Lawrence Irving , 343 pages

$25.95
STRANGE BUT TRUE (Pub. No. 182)
Captain Thomas Crapo/The life and adventures of Capain Thomas Crapo and wife. One of the first Transatlantic crossings in a small boat. 182 pages

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STRANGE BUT TRUE
Life and Adventures of Captain Thomas Crapo and Wife
by Captain Thomas Crapo

In 1877, Captain Crapo and his wife set out from New Bedford, Massachusetts for England in a nineteen-foot dory boat which he had designed and had built and named the New Bedford. The boat was modeled much on the lines of a whaleboat, since this was an important part of his seagoing experience. He had found that these boats were very well-suited to rough usage and tempestuous conditions when chasing the sperm and humpback whale. This book is the journal compiled by him with the aid of an un-named journalist. The first part of the book deals with his life as a whaler and contains some of the best whaling details that we have yet come across. He even speaks the Cachelot in mid-ocean in the Pacific on one occasion. Following his whaling years, he joins up with the U.S. Navy to fight in the "rebellion" and serves with Farrugut. After a stint as a merchant seaman, he decides to follow his dream to single-hand a small boat across the Atlantic. His wife, (plucky woman), decides that if he goes, she is going with him; much as she had done on many of his voyages. He has the boat built and successfully arrives in Penzance, Cornwall, to the cheers and kudo's of the populace. Following his successful transatlantic, he enters the coasting trade and is ultimately lost when attempting a single-handed voyage to Cuba aboard a nine-foot boat named the Volunteer.

Captain Thomas Crapo, 182 pages

$17.95
DOWN CHANNEL (Pub. No. 183)
R.T. McMullen/The cruises of the first and still one of the greatest of the single-handers. 183 pages

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DOWN CHANNEL
by R.T. McMullen
with an introduction by Dixon Kemp

One of the first single-handers,  and a unique character, McMullen died much as he had lived; sailing alone. From the introduction: ". . . He began his expeditions with little or no experience, feeling his way at first, but finding everything out for himself, and, in the end, acquiring so much confidence in his skill and endurance that the most congenial form of prolonged recreation was, to him, 'sailing alone'. . . The passion for single-handed sailing, and belief that if carried out with great effectiveness and thoroughness it formed an agreeable pursuit, developed themselves very strongly in Mr. McMullen's case. . .It can easily be believed that the end of Mr. McMullen was exactly as he would have wished it to be--when alone upon the sea. It was peaceful, and not the result of any disaster or misadventure due to human failing. . . he died upon the sea, sitting in the cockpit of the little 'Perseus,' his face towards the sky, whilst she was sailing up the silver path of the moon, which seemed to unit heaven and the sea. After his spirit had gone forth the little craft sailed herself to the French coast, as recounted at the end of this volume." Is there a better way for a sailor to go?

R.T. McMullen, 183 pages

$34.95
THE FALCON ON THE BALTIC (Pub. No. 184)
E.F. Knight/A Coasting Voyage from Hammersmith to Copenhagen in a Three-ton Yacht. 184 pages

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THE FALCON ON THE BALTIC
by E.F. Knight

Knight wrote three accounts of cruises he had made in three different boats. The first was the famous Cruise of the Falcon to South America and the West Indies; the third was an account of a treasure-hunting expedition in the Alerte to the island of Trinidad. The second, The Falcon on the Baltic, was the story of a much more modest adventure, a leisurely cruise from Hammersmith to Copenhagen in an old ship's lifeboat picked up for twenty pounds. This is one of the reasons why so many of its readers prefer it to Knight's other books. Knight's book is full of the pleasure of getting about in a small boat, the smaller the better. The Falcon was small, but she was accompanied throughout by another boat, even smaller, an eleven-foot sailing dinghy, and the Falcon's anchor was seldom down long before her owner was in the dinghy, hoisting sail or rowing off on a voyage of more intimate exploration. First published in 1888.

E.F. Knight, 184 pages

$25.95
YACHT VOYAGE-- LETTERS FROM HIGH LATITUDES, A (Pub. No. 194)
Lord Dufferin/ Being Some Account of a Voyage in the Schooner Yacht Foam to Iceland, Jan Mayen and Spitzbergen in 1856. 406 pages

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A YACHT VOYAGE-- LETTERS FROM HIGH LATITUDES
by Lord Dufferin
Being Some Account of a Voyage in the Schooner Yacht Foam to Iceland, Jan Mayen and Spitzbergen in 1856.

Lord Dufferin has been a favourite of ours ever since we first read an account of his astounding little yawl, Lady Hermione. When he was Ambassador to Paris, he designed and had built a wonderful little 22 foot, single-handed cruising yawl which had some of the most modern (even for today) accoutrements to aid his single-handing: cross-linked winches; turning blocks; sheet stoppers, you name it, he had it. We like the Lady Hermione so much we have included a copy of that article from the Badminton Library collection which describes the boat in the back of this volume as an Appendix. But on to the ice! Lord Dufferin undertakes a voyage to the high latitudes, namely Greenland and Iceland and even much higher to the very high latitudes of Jan Mayen and Spitzbergen, on both of which points of ice-bound land he manages to effect a landing. This is a journal of quite courageous and daring sailing in very treacherous and difficult waters, and while daring, Lord Dufferin never abandons concern for his crew  to recklessness and behaves as any responsible master would in these waters. In addition to a thrilling cruising story, Lord Dufferin's writing has the precision of a diamond, What was new to us was his wit; there are passages in this work that are simply hilarious! Lord Dufferin was later the Governor General of Canada and his name now graces the promenade in front of the Château Frontenac as the "Dufferin Promenade" in memory of the many walks he took there.

Lord Dufferin, 406 pages

$34.95
SUMMER VOYAGE ON THE RIVER SAONE, A (Pub. No. 222)
Philip Gilbert Hamerton/ An absorbing narrative of a cruise on this French river in 1889, partly by Catamaran. 368 pages

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A SUMMER VOYAGE ON THE RIVER SAONE
by Philip Gilbert Hamerton
with a hundred and forty-eight illustrations by Joseph Pennell and the Author and four Maps.

Here is another example of cruising as fine literature, and of art into the bargain. Hamerton spends a summer cruising on this little-known French river, a good part of it in a catamaran. Similar in its scope of art criticism to Bennetts "From the Log of the Velsa," as a painter and art critic himself, Hamerton's eye is more finely tuned than Bennett's. Hamerton an English artist and author, was born at Laneside, near Shaw, close to Oldham, on the 10th of September 1834. Discovering after a time that his qualifications were rather those of an art critic than of a painter he removed to the neighbourhood of his wife’s relatives in France, where he produced his Painter’s Camp in the Highlands (1863), which obtained a great success and prepared the way for his standard work on Etching and Etchers (1866). In the following year he published a book, entitled Contemporary French Painters, and in 1868 a continuation, Painting in France after the Decline of Classicism. He had meanwhile become art critic to the Saturday Review, a position which, from the burden it laid upon him of frequent visits to England, he did not long retain. He proceeded (1870) to establish an art journal of his own, The Portfolio, a monthly periodical, each number of which consisted of a monograph upon some artist or group of artists, frequently written and always edited by him. In 1882 he issued a finely illustrated work on the technique of the great masters of various arts, under the title of The Graphic Arts, and  three years later another splendidly illustrated volume, Landscape, which traces the influence of landscape upon the mind of man. His last books were: Portfolio Papers (1889) and French and English (1889). In 1891 he removed to the neighbourhood of Paris, and died suddenly on the 4th of November 1894, occupied to the last with his labours on The Portfolio and other writings on art. The illustrations in this volume are both multiple and superb, and most of them are from that fine artist, Joseph Pennell. Joseph Pennell (1857-1926) launched his career as an illustrator by selling picturesque drawings of south Philadelphia to Scribner's Monthly in 1881. Much of his time was spent in Europe, particularly in London, where he was greatly influenced by Whistler. His subjects are chiefly landscapes and architectural views, and his art is distinguished for its simplicity, technical perfection, and illustrative quality. There are a great many of his works in this book, and every one is worthy of a frame!

Philip Gilbert Hamerton, 368 pages

$25.95
STRANGE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN QUINTON, THE (Pub. No. 228)
Robert Quinton/Being a Truthful Record of the Experiences and Escapes of Robert Quinton among the Cannibals of the South Seas. 228 pages

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THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN QUINTON
As Set Down by Himself
Being a truthful record of the experiences and escapes of Robert Quinton during his life among the cannibals of the South Seas.

In 1690, Daniel Defoe, who had never been out of England, sat himself down, and from the depths of his imagination evolved Robinson Crusoe, a book that will probably remain forever enshrined in the hearts of adventure-loving mankind. In 1912, Robert Quinton, who had traveled the world over, sat himself down, and, without drawing on his imagination at all wrote a history of his experiences in the Crusoe seas that is entitled to be placed beside the more famous book. Much has been written of the South Seas, but “The Strange Adventures of Captain Quinton” is one of the most compelling records of a life spent for the most part under the equator that has yet been written. It reveals a new world of adventure that is amazing to contemplate. Stanley, Livingston and Peary all together could not have had so many thrilling moments, so many escapes from death as had this unassuming sailor-man whose simple and convincing story is as the essence of truth. Open the book at any place, and you will find him encountering one or more of innumerable perils—canoeing on a boiling lake; escaping under a shower of poisoned arrows; battling with cannibals; racing through the tropical night in a launch, pursued by crocodiles; imprisoned in a ship’s cabin by a horde of monster devilfish; spending the night in a tree with a leopard; battling hand to hand with head hunters; being pursued by angry monkeys; running a gauntlet of war canoes. These are sanguinary experiences which must be read with bated breath, yet they are not more thrilling in their way than are the exquisite descriptions of treasure-chambers in caves lurid and beautiful as a dream of Arabian Nights; of a wave dance in which tribes of cannibals with an uncanny sense of beauty and rhythm represent with their bodies the ocean dashing high on imaginary coral reefs; of a silvery night spent in tropical tree tops in order to witness the stately dawn-dance of birds of paradise. The very multiplicity of incident is overpowering, but it must be remembered that the experiences of over thirty years are crowded into this book. Assuredly Captain Quinton’s truth is stranger than any fiction possibly could be, and the spirit of the South Seas is in it.

Robert Quinton, 228 pages

$29.95
CRUISE OF THE KATE, THE (Pub. No. 229)
E.E. Middleton/One of the first circumnavigations of the British Isles by a small yacht in 1870. 273 pages

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THE CRUISE OF THE KATE
by E.E. Middleton
The extraordinary story of the first Single-Handed circumnavigation of England.

E.E. Middleton had never before cruised in a small boat when, in 1869, he decided to sail single-handed around England in the 23-foot Kate, choosing the route 'as the most difficult one I could think of, on accout of its powerful tides." He sailed from the Thames, going sout about, crossing to Ireland and then being towed through the Crinan--now Forth & Clyde--Canal to Grnaemouth and the inhospitable east coast of Britain. He had no engine, and since he preferred to sleep and eat on land, he was constantly exposed ot the dangers of inshore waters. Moreover, in order to make the best use of the tides he forced himself to astonishing feats of rowing. His detailed and idiosyncratic account of one of the best cruises ever undertaken single-handed brings to life the conditions of small-boat sailing more than a hundred years ago, when square-rig merchantmena and men-of-war were commonplace and the author could count 'seventy-one ships in Flamborough Roads.'

E.E. Middleton, 273 pages

$22.95
SAILING ACROSS EUROPE (Pub. No. 239)
Negley Farson/A sail across Europe via canals and rivers in a small yawl in 1925 with intimations of the coming fascist disaster. 399 pages

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SAILING ACROSS EUROPE
by Negley Farson

Negley Farson was the son of an American Civil War General, and was born in 1890. After the First World War he took a post as the London correspondent of the Chicago Daily News. Farson was an interesting guy: a well known journalist, drinker and hell-raiser and the most extraordinary writer, who could produce the most incandescent prose. Here is another example of cruising as literature. In Flame, a 26 ft., lapstrake yawl, and accompanied by his wife, he takes us to Eastern Europe a few years before the outbreak of the Second World War, and in many of the areas he visits the chilling precursors of fascism are already beginning to show their snake-like heads. The writing, as is usual with Farson, is very fine and the history of the region is presented in such a way as to bring understanding to, not only the events of the Second World War, but even more importantly, the events of the last few years in Boznia/Herzogovina and the neighbor states.
Contents: Double Dutch, The Departure, Up the Lek, A Tow up the Rhine, Checkmate in Bavaira, Climbing into Bavaria, In the Ludwig's Canal, The Frankischer Jura, Shooting the Danube, No Man's River--From Vienna to Budapest, A Day in Hungary, Admiral Horthy, Governor of the Kingdom of Hungary, The Inn on the Puszta, Cowboys of Hungary, Hungary's State Farms, The Hunting Owl and a Royal Shoot, Life on the Flame, From Hungary to Jugo-Slavia, The Terrible Balkans, A Canoeist's Paradise--Mutiny on the Flame, The Peasant Capital--Exiles in Serbia, Food, Music--Dirte--The Women of Progar, A Stronghold of Allah, Cross and Crescent in Bosnia, The Lost World of Herzogovina--The Return of the Native, Among Mountains and Clouds, Entering Rumania St. Sorris on the Danumbe, Slivowitz--A Priest of the Banat, Good Father Bufanu, Islands of the People--Flame Rides the Rapids, In the Roll of High Seas--Three Danube Nights, Freeze-out with the Guard, We Dine with the Iskarska--Bulgarian Villages, A Dance in Bulgaria, Land of Itching Palm--Breakfast in Bucharest, In the Dobrudja--Where Life is Cheap, Turks on the Danube, The Rumanian Swamps, Three Merry Brigands, Into Forbidden Land, I Sleep on the Stove, Salt Water Again,

Negley Farson, 399 pages

$25.95
CRUISES AND CURSES (Pub. No. 241)
S. Clough/An hilarious account of the adventures of a small boat and a small family on the Thames near London. 272 pages

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CRUISES AND CURSES
by S. Clough
Illustrated by the Author

An hilarious book! Here is a book for all those just starting in boating, especially in small sailing cruisers. Not exactly for encouragement, and not for discourgement either, but a bible of all the things that can go wrong, and probably will. But if you can learn to laugh at them, (as the author) does, it will make them much more bearable. The author describes his and his families and his unsuspecting friends adventures in a variety of small cruisers in and around London on the Thames in the middle twenties. Not to be missed if you enjoy good comic prose.

S. Clough, 272 pages

$22.95
STARBOARD AND PORT - THE NETTIE ALONG SHORE (Pub. No. 250)
George H. Hepworth / An American cruise in a Schooner along the shores of the Northeastern United States in about 1875. 292 pages

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STARBOARD AND PORT - THE NETTIE ALONG SHORE
A Summer's Yacht Cruise Along the Coasts of Maine and Labrador.
by George H. Hepworth

A charming journal of a cruise "down east" shortly after the end of the Civil War. The Nettie was a Schooner Yacht of not-identified, but certainly ample proportions, crewed by an irascible Chinese Cook, the author, some paid hands and his friends and guests. Their adventures on board and off provide a detailed and fascinating picture of life "down east" after the war. The artist of the amusing illustrations is not identified, so they are presumed to be by the author.

George H. Hepworth , 292 pages

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