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Each issue of Overseas Outlook includes a bibliography on a subject
that may be of interest to NLS patrons. This issue features a minibibliography on sea voyages. The books in this minibibliography represent a small selection of the many books available from the NLS collection. More titles can be found by going online to the NLS catalog at www.loc.gov/nls and clicking on “Search Catalog.” To receive any of the books in this bibliography, complete the order form at the end of the newsletter and return it to the overseas librarian.
Airborne: A Sentimental Journey
by William F. Buckley Jr.
Account of the author’s transatlantic voyage with his twenty-two-year-old son and various friends in a sixty-foot schooner. Includes reminiscences, anecdotes, shoptalk, and random thoughts. Some strong language. 1976.
Albatross: A True Story of a Woman’s Survival at Sea
by Deborah Scaling Kiley and Meg Noonan
Twenty-four-year-old Deborah signs on as a crew member with a private yacht. Ignoring her initial misgivings about fellow crew members’ personalities and work habits, Deborah and the crew sail to Florida and encounter a storm and a series of mishaps that sink the boat and leave the five-person crew fighting hypothermia in a small dinghy. Sharks, blood poisoning, and the effects of salt water reduce the crew to two. Strong language. 1994.
All This and Sailing, Too: An Autobiography
by Olin J. Stephens II
Successful twentieth-century American yacht designer recounts his sailing adventures, which include youthful escapades with his brother and father, his service during World War II, and his many years participating in the America’s Cup. 1999.
Along the Edge of America
by Peter Jenkins
Jenkins, author of A Walk across America (RC 14204)and Walk West (RC 17346), decides to take a boat trip along the Gulf Coast after his divorce, despite his lack of boating experience. Jenkins describes people and places he discovers during his two years on the small craft, which he named Cooper after the dog who accompanied him on earlier treks. 1995.
An Ocean to Cross: Daring the Atlantic; Claiming a New Life
by Liz Fordred with Susie Blackmun
Chronicles a resourceful paraplegic couple who built a boat in landlocked Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and sailed from South Africa
to the Americas in 1981. Fordred describes how she and her husband Pete overcame formidable obstacles constructing the Usikusiku to accommodate their disabilities. Details their remarkable journey to gain independence and a new life. 2001.
Around the World in 500 Days: The Circumnavigation of the Merchant Bark Charles Stewart, 1883–1884; Recounted with Zest and Detail
by Hattie Atwood Freeman
Seventeen-year-old Hattie describes joining her captain father aboard his trading bark in New York to accompany him to Hobart, Tasmania. She recorded her adventures at sea, during which she acquired duties and skills, and her social life in port, when she visited and partied aboard other sailing vessels. 1907.
Atlantic High: A Celebration
by William F. Buckley Jr.
Account of an Atlantic crossing from St. Thomas to Spain details the antics of the author and six companions who sail the luxurious, air-conditioned, seventy-one-foot ketch Sealestial, which belongs to
Dr. Papo, a Yugoslavian American orthopedist from Detroit. Bestseller. 1982.
The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float
by Farley Mowat
Mowat recounts being snookered into buying a leaky fishing vessel in Newfoundland and trying to convert it into a yacht to sail away to romantic shores. Describes the way he and his financial partner Jack McClelland confronted a series of mishaps as the proposed two-month project continued for years. Some strong language. 1969.
By the Grace of the Sea: A Woman’s Solo Odyssey around the World
by Pat Henry
Pat Henry recounts how at age forty-eight, after failing in business and personal relationships, she embarked May 4, 1989, on an eight-year-long solo cruise around the world. Describes traversing oceans and soul- searching for adventure, romance, and the strength to conquer her fears and realize her dreams. 2003.
by A. B. C. Whipple
A tale of clipper ships, China tea traders, and the Gold Rush. Chronicles the triumph and tragedy of the clipper ship the Challenge and its ill-fated 1851 race with the Flying Cloud. Describes the violent storms, mutiny, and murder the ships experienced during that wild journey around Cape Horn—the southern tip of South America. Some strong language. 1987.
The Circumnavigators: Small Boat Voyagers of Modern Times
by Donald Holm
Discusses determined mariners who sailed around the world, such as Captain Joshua Slocum, a New Englander and the first man to circumnavigate in a small boat; Alain Gerbault, a World War I ace and tennis star; and Sir Francis Chicester, who at age sixty-three sailed around the world alone. 1974.
Close to the Wind
by Pete Goss
Former Royal Marine describes pursuing his goal of sailing in the Vendée Globe—a single-handed, around-the-world race. While realizing his dream, Goss risked both the race and his life by heroically saving a fellow competitor whose boat sank in a storm. Strong language. 1998.
The Coast of Summer: Sailing New England Waters from Shelter Island to Cape Cod
by Anthony Bailey
Former New Yorker staff writer chronicles a summer of sailing from the bays of Long Island to Cape Cod. Bailey combines sailing lore, close shaves, past experiences, portraits of people on shore, travel talk, descriptions of places visited, and tales about tight quarters aboard Lochinvar with his wife Margot with history, geography, and biography. 1994.
The Custom of the Sea
by Neil Hanson
Drawing from newspaper accounts and court proceedings, a journalist depicts the 1884 Mignonette journey and the ensuing case in English court that made cannibalism a felony. Describes the crew being shipwrecked and wandering the seas in a lifeboat without food and water for several days, and the crew killing and eating its youngest member. Some violence. 1999.
by Robin Lee Graham with Derek L. T. Gill
Author’s account of his adventure, at age sixteen, when he set sail from California on a solo, around-the-world voyage aboard his twenty-four-foot sloop, Dove. Chronicles the five-year, thirty-six-thousand-mile trip, during which he met and fell in love with American Patti Ratterree—his future wife. For senior high and older readers. 1972.
First Crossing: A Personal Log
by Malcolm and Carol McConnell
Couple’s voyage across the northern Atlantic Ocean in a thirty-foot fiberglass sloop. They describe enduring many storms and emotional crises, reaching the Azores for stopover, then going on to the Iberian coast, and finally establishing residence in Greece. Some strong language. 1983.
Five against the Sea: A True Story of Courage and Survival
by Ron Arias
Relates the ordeal of five Costa Rican fishermen who, on January 19, 1988, boarded a twenty-nine-foot craft and six days later were driven off course by a sudden storm. Describes their fight to survive while adrift for 142 days and their families’ efforts to get the government to search for them. 1989.
Flying Cloud: The True Story of America’s Most Famous Clipper Ship and the Woman Who Guided Her
by David W. Shaw
Account of the clipper ship’s 1851 maiden voyage from New York to San Francisco—a sixteen-thousand-mile trip made in a record eighty-nine days and twenty-one hours. Describes the captain’s wife Eleanor Creesy serving as the navigator, managing the crew, and safely plotting the vessel’s course around Cape Horn. 2000.
Francis Chichester: A Biography
by Anita Leslie
Chronicles the life of Francis Chichester, from his sickly schoolboy days in New Zealand to his successful world-breaking records as a sailor. 1975.
Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World’s Most Dangerous Waters
by Derek Lundy
Depicts the grueling and perilous twenty-seven-thousand-mile Vendée Globe solo sailing race, which circumnavigates Antarctica in the Southern Ocean. Narrates the 1996 contest through the eyes of the sixteen competitors who endured fifty-foot waves and hurricane-force winds. 1998.
In the Teeth of the Northeaster: A Solo Voyage on Lake Superior
by Marlin Bree
History buff Bree recounts building his twenty-foot wooden sailboat, the Persistence, and sailing Lake Superior’s coastal waters for three months. Part adventure and part anecdotal history of the lake, Bree describes his encounters with several fierce storms and offers tidbits about Indians, voyagers, miners, sea captains, and other local inhabitants. 1988.
Innocents at Sea
by James A. McCracken
Senior editor at Reader’s Digest recounts his experiences and mishaps at sea. Also details the maturing love that develops between he and his wife as they share life together on various boats. 1976.
Kodoku: Sailing Alone across the Pacific by Takuichi Ito
and Kaorn Ogimi
A log that details the perils and problems of a twenty-three-year-old Japanese young adult and his trans-Pacific adventures on a one-man, nineteen-foot sailboat. For junior and senior high readers. 1964.
A Life in Boats: The Years before the War
by Waldo Howland
Howland recalls the peak years of American yachting—the period between World Wars I and II. Focusing on ocean races between 1928 and 1933, Howland discusses the Concordia Company’s designs for yachts. Also examines various factors that influenced his lifelong passion for sailing, small craft, and the sea. 1984.
Looking for a Ship
by John McPhee
Author describes accompanying his friend Andy Chase, a merchant mariner, on a forty-two day voyage from South Carolina to South America aboard the S.S. Stella Lykes. Discusses Chase’s difficulty finding work and the decline of the U.S. Merchant Marine, which transports cargo throughout the world. Bestseller. 1990.
A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea
by David Vann
Charter-boat captain chronicles his ill-fated voyages aboard the ninety-foot-long sailboat Bird of Paradise, which he had constructed in Turkey to house writing workshops. Describes adventures in the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Caribbean, as well as chronic financial and structural problems—the latter of which ultimately sank his yacht. Some strong language. 2005.
The Mirror of the Sea
by Joseph Conrad
BR 09143, RC 32182
Conrad, who went to sea at age seventeen and rose from apprentice seaman to master in the British merchant service, writes a paean to the sea. He describes the many moods of the ocean, the loading of cargo, the managing of crews and vessels, and the mysteries of the waters. 1906.
Moxie: The American Challenge
by Philip S. Weld
At the age of sixty-five, the author becomes the first American and the oldest man ever to win the Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race. He recounts day-to-day adventures in his sailing boat Moxie and reflects upon his experiences as a sailor, reporter, and publishing entrepreneur. 1981.
My Old Man and the Sea: A Father and Son Sail around Cape Horn
by David Hays and Daniel Hays
In diary format, David Hays and his twenty-four-year-old son Daniel describe their seventeen-thousand-mile, 317-day voyage around the tip of South America aboard the Sparrow. Their long-dreamed-of voyage becomes a balancing act in their relationship until the father decided it was time to turn control over to his son. Some strong language. 1995.
Nancy Blackett: Under Sail with Arthur Ransome
by Roger Wardale
Blending anecdotes, gleanings from letters and documents, and excerpts from Arthur Ransome’s books, Wardale presents a boating biography of Ransome. Identifying Ransome’s boat, the Nancy Blackett, as the model for the vessel in We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea (RC 15054), Wardale discusses Ransome’s many watercraft and sailing adventures and reveals a man of daring, wit, and a refined sense of protocol. 1991.
The Ocean Waits
by Webb Chiles
Account of the author’s second attempt to circumnavigate the globe by himself in an eighteen-foot open boat. Chiles relates his adventures as he drifted and thrashed through gales in the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, and the Mediterranean. 1984.
Racing through Paradise: A Pacific Passage
by William F. Buckley Jr.
Buckley describes his forty-five-hundred-mile journey in 1985 from Hawaii to New Guinea in the cruising yacht Sealestial, accompanied by a crew of friends and associates, including his son Christopher. Includes edited excerpts from the candid journals of his shipmates. 1987.
Riddle of the Ice: A Scientific Adventure into the Arctic
by Myron Arms
Nautical adventure aboard a fifty-foot sailing cutter exploring the Arctic Ocean near Labrador. Perturbed by the large quantities of pack ice in the area during the summers of the early 1990s, the author investigated weather patterns and climate changes for explanations. 1998.
River Horse: The Logbook of a Boat across America
by William Least Heat-Moon
In April 1995 William Least Heat-Moon embarked on a 5,288-mile journey across America aboard his 22-foot boat Nikawa, accompanied by copilots, whom he names Pilotis. Heat-Moon describes his adventures along waterways from New York City to Astoria, Oregon. Companion to Blue Highways (RC 18700). Some strong language. Bestseller. 1999.
River Runners of the Grand Canyon
by David Lavender
Recounts the history of the first men and women to run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in wooden boats, rafts, kayaks, pontoons, and motorboats. Discusses people such as John Wesley Powell, a Civil War veteran credited as being the first person to run the river in the late 1800s, and the newly married Hyde couple, who disappeared during their attempt in 1928. Some strong language. 1985.
A Sailor’s Admiral
by James M. Merrill
Portrays an authentic and controversial old salt—the descendant of sea captains and navy men—who commanded one of the largest fleets in World War II. Some strong language. 1976.
A Sailor’s Life
by Jan De Hartog
Author draws upon his own experiences to offer tips to young sailors. Presents a series of essays and discourses imbued with a love of the sea and ships. 1956.
Sea of Sharks: A Sailor’s World War II Survival Story
by Elmer Renner and Kenneth Birks
Veteran Elmer Renner recounts the sinking of his U.S. Navy minesweeper YMS-472 during a Pacific typhoon in September 1945. Describes himself and eight crew members drifting aboard a raft for five days without food or water—battling shark attacks, panic, and madness—and the eventual rescue of four of the eight servicemen. 2004.
Seaworthy: Adrift with William Willis in the Golden Age of Rafting
by T. R. Pearson
Chronicles the life of German-born sailor William Willis (1893–1968), highlighting his voyages aboard small crafts of his own design and construction. Describes his 115-day, trans-Pacific solo journey (with a cat and a parrot) in 1954, during which he endured injuries and ailments, storms, and other calamities and survived by drinking seawater. 2006.
Seraffyn’s Mediterranean Adventure
by Lin and Larry Pardey
Recounts the authors’ journey along the south coast of Spain and Malta, crossing over to Tunisia, then moving on to Italy and Yugoslavia. Intersperses tales of unwitting smuggling, military arrests, a collision, and a hurricane. Includes sailing tips and technical information, suggestions for meal preparation, and scenic descriptions. 1981.
Somewheres East of Suez
by Tristan Jones
In this third installment of an ongoing saga, intrepid Welsh sailor Tristan Jones, who has only one leg, recounts his journey from Istanbul to Thailand, where he establishes the Atlantis Society—a school for disabled youths. Follows The Improbable Voyage. 1988.
Steaming to Bamboola: The World of a Tramp Freighter
by Christopher Buckley
Describes the author’s voyage as a seaman on an old tramp freighter named the Columbianna, which steamed out of Charleston, South Carolina, bound for the North Sea in 1979. Provides stories about typhoons, cargoes, smuggling, stowaways, hard drinking, and romance. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 1982.
The TigrisExpedition: In Search of Our Beginnings
by Thor Heyerdahl
Chronicles the epic five-month voyage of a multinational crew comprised of Russian, American, Japanese, and Iraqi sailors. Researcher and adventurer Hayerdahl built a buoyant, leakproof boat of reeds, sailed down the Persian Gulf, crossed the Arabian Sea to Pakistan, and set off toward the Indian Ocean for the African coast, tracing ancient trade routes. The author also explored prehistoric sites on shore. 1981.
Two against Cape Horn
by Hal Roth
Author Roth recounts sailing with his veteran sailor-wife from California in their eight-ton Whisper to the islands and fjords of Chile and through the crosswinds of Cape Horn. Describes being shipwrecked twenty-four miles from the Horn for nine days, and their rescue by a Chilean torpedo boat. 1978.
Two Years before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea
by Richard Henry Dana Jr.
BR 19924, RC 19924
Written in 1840, this narrative is based on the author’s own journal, penned while he was a sailor. Describes the difficult and often brutal life of a seaman. 1981.
The Voyage of Sea Lion
by Will Corry
An actor-writer relates taking his strong-willed three-year-old daughter and their puppy on a year-long voyage in a twenty-nine-foot sailboat. Describes their journey, which began in Los Angeles and took them to Australia, New Zealand, and to other such colorful spots such as Papeete and Rarotonga. Some strong language. 1978.
The Water in Between: A Journey at Sea
by Kevin Patterson
Canadian ex-army doctor Patterson recalls a sailing adventure from Vancouver Island to Tahiti, which was made with a friend in 1994 and 1995. Describes the four-day gale he encountered on his solo return voyage, and his fear that a journey meant to distract him from a broken heart might actually end in death. 1999.
The Way of a Ship: A Square-Rigger Voyage in the Last Days of Sail
by Derek Lundy
Author of Godforsaken Sea (RC 50690) recreates the adventures of his great-great-uncle Benjamin Lundy, a Cape Horn seaman during the 1880s. Derek portrays the challenges and perils Benjamin and the crew most likely faced while learning firsthand the “eternal lessons of the sea.” 2002.
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____RC 54258 All This and Sailing, Too: An Autobiography
____RC 41376 Along the Edge of America
____RC 58390 An Ocean to Cross: Daring the Atlantic; Claiming a New Life
____RC 54253 Around the World 500 Days: The Circumnavigation of the Merchant Bark Charles Stewart, 1883–1884; Recounted with Zest and Detail
____RC 18662 Atlantic High: A Celebration
____RC 53340 The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float
____RC 56637 By the Grace of the Sea: A Woman’s Solo Odyssey around the World
____RC 26840 The Challenge
____RC 13302 The Circumnavigators: Small Boat Voyagers of Modern Times
____RC 49357 Close to the Wind
____RC 39575 The Coast of Summer: Sailing New England Waters from Shelter Island to Cape Cod
____RC 51749 The Custom of the Sea
____RC 61462 Dove
____RC 20537 First Crossing: A Personal Log
____RC 32880 Five against the Sea: A True Story of Courage and Survival
____RC 58595 Flying Cloud: The True Story of America’s Most Famous Clipper Ship and the Woman Who Guided Her
____RC 11104 Francis Chichester: A Biography
____RC 50690 Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World’s Most Dangerous Waters
____RC 54259 A Life in Boats: The Years before the War
____RC 32135 Looking for a Ship
____RC 63117 A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea
____RC 32182 The Mirror of the Sea
____RC 18165 Moxie: The American Challenge
____RC 42335 My Old Man and the Sea: A Father and Son Sail around Cape Horn
____RC 42232 Nancy Blackett: Under Sail with Arthur Ransome
____RC 26152 Racing through Paradise: A Pacific Passage
____RC 47405 Riddle of the Ice: A Scientific Adventure into the Arctic
____RC 49478 River Horse: The Logbook of a Boat across America
____RC 23357 River Runners of the Grand Canyon
____RC 10352 A Sailor’s Admiral
____RC 60551 Sea of Sharks: A Sailor’s World War II Survival Story
____RC 18057 Seraffyn’s Mediterranean Adventure
____RC 17112 The Tigris Expedition: In Search of Our Beginnings
____RC 12828 Two against Cape Horn
____RC 19924 Two Years before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea
____RC 16853 The Voyage of Sea Lion
____RC 58702 The Way of a Ship: A Square-Rigger Voyage in the Last Days of Sail
____BR 03506 Airborne: A Sentimental Journey
____BR 09810 Albatross: A True Story of a Woman’s Survival at Sea
____BR 07639 In the Teeth of the Northeaster: A Solo Voyage on Lake Superior
____BR 03442 Innocents at Sea
____BR 00586 Kodoku: Sailing Alone across the Pacific
____BR 09143 The Mirror of the Sea
____BR 05867 The Ocean Waits
____BR 00342 A Sailor’s Life
____BR 16854 Seaworthy: Adrift with William Willis in the Golden Age of Rafting
____BR 08810 Somewheres East of Suez
____BR 05343 Steaming to Bamboola: The World of a Tramp Freighter
____BR 02553 Two Years before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea
____BR 13312 The Water in Between: A Journey at Sea
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