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  • The Sea Lark – Thomas Helm – First Edition 1957

    The Sea Lark – Thomas Helm – First Edition 1957

    A first edition published by George Harrap, London in 1957. Octavo, 222 pages, with end paper maps and illustrations from photographs taken during the voyages. Still has the scarce dust jacket albeit a bit chipped and repaired to top of spine. Otherwise a pretty good clean copy.

    Helm, ex US navy, set off with his mate, Ed Booth into the Caribbean and Central America in the 47 foot schooner Sea Lark. Adventures ensue and not just at sea hence the image of a jaguar on a sailing book.

    Written in a an usual story telling style … makes it quiet a treat.

    Caribbean sailing Adventures with variety

    $25.00

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  • Trimaran Solo – Victress’ Round the World – Nigel Tetley

    Trimaran Solo – Victress’ Round the World – Nigel Tetley

    First edition, Nautical Publishing Company, Lymington 1970.

    The story of Nigel Tetley’s incredible circumnavigation as part of the Sunday Times single-handed non-stop race Round the World. During which Tetley achieved many firsts but won no prizes as the Victress sank near the Azores a thousand miles from the finishing line.

    A much-prized book. Large octavo, 176 pages with twelve plates from photographs and ten charts. Very good if not fine condition.

    Presented as a journal makes for interesting “in the moment” reading. The events leading up to the sinking (very fast) and the rescue particularly gripping. (Always remember to send a May Day).

    The schedules of provisions at the end are surprising … round the world sailing clearly creates quite a hunger, and a thirst … three dozen bottles of Cutty Sark!

    Scarce sought-after account in fine condition

    $80.00

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  • The Penance Way – The Mystery of Puffin’s Atlantic Voyage – Merton Naydler

    The Penance Way – The Mystery of Puffin’s Atlantic Voyage – Merton Naydler

    Published by Hutchinson, London a first edition 1968.

    Octavo, 252 pages with end paper charts, photographic illustrations and diagrams. Nicely put together and a very good copy.

    David Johnstone and John Hore lost their lives mid-Atlantic in 1966. The fifteen-foot Puffin was found upturned. Extraordinarily, Johnstone had left behind a 35,000-word journal … upon which this book is primarily written.

    Courage and tenacity documented to the very end.

    $25.00

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  • From Raft to Raft – Bengt Danilesson – First English Edition 1960

    From Raft to Raft – Bengt Danilesson – First English Edition 1960

    Published by George Allen & Unwin, London in 1960. Octavo, 184 pages, end paper charts, numerous images from photographs by Alain Brun. Apart from some innocent tape ghosts on the end papers a very good copy.

    The author Scandinavian, Bengt Danielson was expert Ocean-going rafts. He was not on this expedition., the Tahiti Nui. And recounts the story from survivor Alain Brun.

    Ethnologist Eric de Bisschop held a view opposite to Thor Heyerdahl … that the Polynesians sailed west from Tahiti to influence Chilli and Peru. He set out to prove it in the Tahiti Nui I and then sailed back in Tahiti Niu II a voyage twice that of Heyderdhal all up. Great difficulties were encountered and in the second leg a makeshift raft had to be made from what was left. Leader, Bisschop died before they were rescued.

    An amazing story, though one with a sad ending … a Voyager favourite

    $30.00

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  • Westward from Cocos – Coralie and  Leslie Rees – First edition 1960

    Westward from Cocos – Coralie and Leslie Rees – First edition 1960

    Published by the Australian Publishing Company in association with Harrap, London. A first Australian edition. Octavo, 268 pages, end paper maps and numerous illustrations from period photographs. Dust jacket a little chipped and some minor age marks, all up still a very good copy.

    Australians Coralie and Leslie Rees had already written the successful Spinifex Walkabout. Here they sail from Australia to England via the Cocos Islands, Mauritius, South Africa 9where they land and tour up through Rhodesia and on to the Victoria Falls. Back with the boat they sail up the East African coast and on through the Suez.

    On the Cocos the meet John Ross and on Mauritius retrace the steps of Matthew Flinders … and meet “Coelacanth” Smith, the discoverer of that important creature off Mombasa.

    Much more than plain sailing with C & L Rees.

    $30.00

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  • The Sea and Me – Humphrey Barton – First edition 1952

    The Sea and Me – Humphrey Barton – First edition 1952

    An unusual maritime book by Marine Surveyor Humphrey Barton. A first edition published by Robert Ross, London in 1952. Octavo, 142 pages nicely illustrated by John Chancellor. Very good condition.

    Fourteen short accounts, all true, from all angles maritime. Involves the vessels Kittiwake, Lady Nanella, Jean II, Dauntless, Monie, Fulruna etc and a M.F.V. during the War

    A super collection of nautical accounts – ideal for evening reading .

    $25.00

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