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  • By the Wind (The Voyage of the Bengairn) – Captain J Murray Lindsay

    By the Wind (The Voyage of the Bengairn) – Captain J Murray Lindsay

    Published 1962 by Rigby, Adelaide. A first edition 238 pages with a good dust jacket. A very good copy of a hard to get and worthwhile book on proper sailing.

    Surprisingly scarce and a very interesting book – the account of the brass-bound apprentice on the square-rigged Bengairn in 1915. The outward route South America across the roaring 40′s to Hobart then on the Seattle and back to Liverpool Round the Horn… and a nice Chapter on the way “the Great Highway” to Hobart.

    In Hobart the young lad had a good time with the girls and was ever so close to leaving his ship … the lure of the sea prevailed.

    Lots of adventure …. difficulties near the Auckland Islands, an encounter with a U-boat (it was 1915), shanghai-ing of sailors …

    Special sailing from Lindsay from Apprentice to Captain

    $30.00

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  • Innocent Aboard – Chay and Maureen Blyth – First Edition 1970

    Innocent Aboard – Chay and Maureen Blyth – First Edition 1970

    First edition published by the Nautical Publishing Company 1970. Octavo, 196 pages all in very good condition.

    Chay Blyth’s first serious sailing expedition, setting off from England he was soon lost … and then got his bearings and sea legs. On south he sailed. Through the Canaries, Cape Verde Islands and to the far south and Tristan da Cunha before South Africa.

    His boat was a small family cruiser, so his aspiration to cross and make the Horn had to be curtailed. Confident, he cabled his wife to join him for the return voyage … which she did.

    His story won over Sir Alec Rose who provided a very supportive foreword.

    Chay Blyth – first voyage and quite an adventure

    $25.00

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  • A White Boat from England – George Millar 1951

    A White Boat from England – George Millar 1951

    A first edition published by Heinemann, London in 1951. Octavo, 308 pages nicely illustrated and with several maps.

    George Millar had already sailed the Mediterranean in the thirty-ton ketch Truant. Here in a new vessel, a sixteen-ton sloop Serica they take a leisurely sail down and around the coast of Portugal and Spain.

    What might seem like an easy passage turns into a challenge; a near miss and then run down by a fishing boat. Later illness and injury puts them in danger, before coming across Riviera smugglers and the opportunity to save another man’s life of Cap Ferrat.

    It’s not all easy going in the Mediterranean … but there are some luxuries for sure.

    $25.00

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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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