The Last Time Around Cape Horn

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The Last Time Around Cape Horn

Author : William F. Stark
ISBN : 9780786740055
Genre : History
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A memorable tale of adventure on the turbulent seas of the Great Southern and Atlantic oceans—on one of the most historic voyages of our time—finds its way into paperback. This is William F. Stark's engrossing memoir of the last leg of the Grain Race, and the Pamir's rounding of fearsome Cape Horn—the storm-tossed tip of South America just 600 miles from Antarctica—the veritable Mount Everest of sailing. In 1949, the crew of thirty-four sailors from around the world experienced the shipboard life of the seventeenth century on a four-masted vessel that carried hundreds of acres of sail. In 128 days the Pamir journeyed 16,000 miles from Port Victoria, Australia, to Falmouth, England, through the world's stormiest seas, as Stark worked on decks awash with huge swells, and scrambled up ice-coated rigging to manhandle sails on masts that were up to twenty stories high. Contrasting romance with the realities of life at sea, and poignantly evoking the love affair he left behind to join the Pamir, while punctuating his tale with illuminating photos, maps, and details of maritime history, Stark has written a thrilling book that climaxes the fabled era begun by Cape Horn merchant sailors more than three centuries ago.
Category: History

Around Cape Horn Once More

Author : Paul W Simpson
ISBN : 9781365112010
Genre : History
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Around Cape Horn Once More is the story of the French Bounty Clipper Ship, Montebello. She was built in Nantes, France in 1900 and was lost on the rugged and lonely south coast of Kangaroo Island, South Australia in 1906. This book is a tale of the adventures of the Montebello and the men who sailed her around the globe. It brings to light a period of France's maritime history that has never before been told in such thrilling and dramatic detail. ""we heard the roar of breakers, and then we knew that we were close to the land, and there was still no visible light. All hands turned out to put on canvas with a view to heading the vessel off the shore, but we had received the warning too late and within a few minutes we had struck on the fearful rocks. The ship shivered all over with the shock. I shall never forget the sensation it created. She bumped hard several times and threatened to go to pieces at any moment. The seas broke over her from end to end.""
Category: History

Solo Around Cape Horn

Author : Edward Allcard
ISBN : 9780956072245
Genre : Travel
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The year is 1966, and a pioneering English yachtsman heads south - alone - towards Cape Horn, and into a territory unknown to yachtsmen. This is the tale of a wilderness cruise on the desert coast of Argentina and in the snowy Chilean fjords, but between the two halves, at the summit of the adventure, is the story of a sailor fighting for his life.
Category: Travel

Hearings On House Bill 35 On The Nicaragua Canal

Author : United States. Congress. House. Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce
ISBN : HARVARD:32044081919292
Genre : Nicaragua Canal
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These committee hearings were held to discuss House bill 35 which deals with the surveys and costs of the Nicaragua Canal.
Category: Nicaragua Canal

Round Cape Horn

Author : Joseph Lamson
ISBN : STANFORD:36105040665692
Genre : California
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Category: California

Full And By

Author : William F. Schanen
ISBN : 1892399083
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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50 essays about the world of sailors and sailboats.
Category: Sports & Recreation

A Texas Sampler

Author : Donna Bearden
ISBN : UOM:39015027787384
Genre : Biography
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Donna Bearden designed and directed this bicentennial project of the Governor's Committee on Aging. It is the Bicentennial year and everyone is looking for history. The Governor's Committee on Aging has a hotline to the past. Many of the older citizens of Texas have fascinating stories to tell about growing up in TExas when she was half-wild. Some of the people are knowledgeable in old-time skills or handcrafts - bootmaking, beekeeping, moonshining. Others were involved in building Texas' industries - lumber, ranching, oil.
Category: Biography

Harper S Young People

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ISBN : UTEXAS:059172131060044
Genre : Children's periodicals, American
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Category: Children's periodicals, American

The Third Time Around

Author : Tony Fairchild
ISBN : 0924486244
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Endeavour At Cape Horn

Author : John Selwyn Gilbert
ISBN : 9781291612882
Genre : Travel
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This book is about a long journey by sea, from Fremantle, in Western Australia, to Whitby, in Yorkshire. It took 139 days and the author and his shipmates travelled 16,626 miles. They were crewing on board the Endeavour Replica, modelled on Captain Cook's ship, in which he completed a similar journey in the opposite direction in the eighteenth century. The journey is full of hazards and privations, like Cook's own journey, and the adventures and the vicissitudes are well described and well remembered. The author celebrated his 59th. birthday close to the spot on the earth's surface that is furthest from any land.
Category: Travel

The Lure Of The Satellite

Author : George R. Price
ISBN : 9781612103358
Genre : Fiction
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HE MIGHT HAVE BROUGHT PEACE ON EARTH . . . BUT FOR HER . . .ExcerptAt four in the morning Major John Redfield was awakened by rough shaking. "Today," he was told. "You're leaving today." He quickly dressed, packed a few belongings, and wrote a short letter to his wife. At five, he and Colonel Cunningham were called in for a final briefing by General Moseley, the senior Operations Research officer. "We want you to understand exactly why we're timing things this way," General Moseley said. "We estimate that rocket's about ninety per cent safe right now. You'll have nine chances out of ten of getting up there alive. But if we wait four weeks we can make the mission ninety-eight per cent safe. Here's a curve." He showed them a graph on which a curve rose from left to right. "That's safety plotted against time. The longer you wait, the more bugs we get out of the rocket. But here's another curve. This shows the probability that Eurasia will start something if we wait." Redfield examined the graph carefully. "Thirty per cent probability that Eurasia will act within a week. Is war that close?" Moseley nodded. "It is- if we don't act first. Of course, once you're up there, they won't dare start a war until they've neutralized our advantage. So here's a final curve. We've lumped everything together and plotted estimated benefit to the Alliance against time. The peak is today. That's why you're going up before the rocket's really finished." "It's strange," Redfield said, "but I don't feel worried at all. I have, such intense hate for Eurasia that more than anything else in the world I want a chance to strike out against them. I had a friend once. They held him prisoner for two years. Then they let him go." "I know," Moseley said. "I've seen some of those cases, though I wish to God I hadn't. It's unbelievable that a human being could live through something like that." "What frightens me," Cunningham said, "aren't the ones who have been physically tortured. It's the ones that come back in perfect health without a single mark anywhere on their bodies- nothing changed but their minds." "Good," said Moseley. "You each have strong personal motivations. Now, the way I look at your mission is this. Our struggle is a conflict between technology and psychology. We're far ahead of Eurasia in science and engineering, and they're far ahead of us in propaganda, espionage, and torture. So far, their psychology has been beating our technology all hollow. But here's where we even the score. Once you're up there in space, there isn't a damn thing to stop you from seeing everything that happens in Eurasia. We'll be able to strike at them, and they won't be able to strike back. Their only chance then will be to get a space station themselves, but in four months we'll have two more rockets up there that will be armed. So these next months are crucial. This will be the best chance we've ever had to neutralize their threat. The whole future of the Alliance may depend on what you do. Don't fail." At noon they took off from the Florida base, and an hour later they were a thousand miles in the sky. They floated around the world in a roughly north-south orbit, making one revolution every two hours, while the world rotated below them from west to east at its twenty-four hour rate. The plane of their orbit included the sun, so that they crossed the equator near noon and midnight. The ascent had been uneventful except for the strange new feeling of weightlessness during the periods when they coasted with the motors off. At first they found this pleasant and soothing, but after a few minutes it became dizzying and both men hastily swallowed capsules of Vertamine. By the time the rocket was fully established in its orbit, the vertigo had decreased and become bearable. But Redfield still had a mild sensation that his head was slowly swimming around.
Category: Fiction