Author Max Wood served his apprenticeship on one of the very last commerical voyages of any cargo square-rigger. Sailing Tall is a piece of living history, in which he documents in great detail work practices and a way of life now gone by. It is also a vivid and honest account of the "true" sailors. A natural storyteller, Wood tells it as it really was: the exhilaration, the camaraderie, the constant hard work, the occasional terrors, the frequent boredom...and also the pride of being one of those determined few who, throughout the ages, have challenged the forces of nature for little reward but a spartan life. These memoirs constitute an invaluable document and a moving portrait of a boy's coming-of-age, as Wood leaves his family, and learns about the world and himself.
Tall ships epitomize the glamour, majesty and romance of the sea. This book Â? supported and endorsed by Sail Training International Â? is a celebration of tall ships today, shining a spotlight on the world's most interesting and glamorous tall ships, the most spectacular regattas, races and adventurous passages, and the huge array of people who sail on them. With gorgeous photography and absorbing text, the book is divided into four chapters: 1) Origins and Evolution, telling the story of tall ships, giving a fascinating perspective on the impact of the development of international trade, conflict, design, technology and navigation 2) Tall Ships Today, celebrating the diversity of over 100 of the most interesting and famous tall ships in the world, with beautiful photography, key statistics and brief text on their histories 3) The Tall Ships Experience, following life on board and exploring how being part of the crew develops life, leadership and employability skills 4) Racing, Regattas and Passages, with at-sea and in-port photography featuring the most spectacular assemblies of sail that bring tall ships to the attention of millions worldwide With unique access to the very best photography and up to date information, this stunning book showcases just why tall ships continue to inspire and captivate people all over the world. Includes a Preface from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and a Foreword from Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.
For more than 5,000 years men have harnessed the wind to sail the sea for trade, conquest and exploration. Tall Ships celebrates this remarkable history by offering readers a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most spectacular trans-Atlantic races ever held. (2000)
The tall ship Sofia sank off New Zealand’s North Island in February 1982, stranding its crew on disabled life rafts for five days. They struggled to survive as any realistic hope of rescue dwindled. Just a few years earlier, Pamela Sisman Bitterman was a naïve swabbie looking for adventure, signing on with a sailing co-operative taking this sixty-year-old, 123-foot, three-masted gaff-topsail schooner around the globe. The aged Baltic trader had been rescued from a wooden boat graveyard in Sweden and reincarnated as a floating commune in the 1960s. By the time Sofia went down, Bitterman had become an able seaman, promoted first to bos’un and then acting first mate, immersing herself in this life of a tall ship sailor, world traveler, and survivor.
For all its romance, the tall-ship renaissance has a tragic side. Working from official documents, survivor and expert interviews, and his own tall-ship experience, Parrott re-creates the losses of five sail-training vessels: the 316-foot Pamir (1957), 117-foot Albatross (1961), 117-foot Marques (1984), 137-foot Pride of Baltimore (1986), and 125-foot Maria Asumpta (1995). He vividly re-creates each final voyage and then explores the roles played by ship stability, structural integrity, weather, human error, and standards of risk in tragedies at sea.
A completely revised and updated edition of this practical, hands-on guide As anyone who has ever gone sailing knows, going out to sea is one of the more complicated -- and thrilling -- leisure activities one can pursue. Handling intricate equipment and navigating through choppy waters can pose challenges to even the most experienced sailors. The Everything "RM" Sailing Book, 2nd Edition, is a fun and handy guide to the basics of sailing on all levels. This easy-to-follow book walks readers step-by-step through all the techniques they need to get underway. This completely revised and updated second edition features all new, up-to-date information on: -- Buying a good sailboat at an affordable price -- Tying sailing knots -- Sailing in rough weather -- Passenger safety -- Navigation tips In addition, the book includes an updated glossary of important sailing terms, new and improved technical art, and a complete list of further readings and sailing references.
Between France and New France is an absorbing look at life abroad the sailing vessels which plied the North Atlantic during the French colonial era in North America. Focusing on the first half of the eighteenth century and the Seven Years' War period, this book analyses four major aspects of the crossing: martime traffic and the outfit of vessels; the Atlantic course and navigation; the people and their occupations; and life aboard the ship. Together they present a fascinating view of sea life. Gilles Proulx has used official correspondence between the Minister of marine and the Canadian colonial authorities, and the papers seized on boarded vessels, as well as over one hundred log-books and personal diaries, to obtain a wealth of detail about the rigours of the colonial shipboard experience. In addition, many photographs, both colour and black and white, have been included to illustrate this exciting period in Canadian history.