Whether in the large, undermanned
square-riggers of the last days of commercial sail, or in small yachts
dwarfed by the waves, sailors have always found rounding Cape Horn to be the
ultimate test of seamanship. Here we present some accounts that will give
the armchair sailor a strong taste of this glorious adventure.
The Peking Battles Cape Horn
by Irving Johnson.
“I had a hankering to make a long voyage in one of the old-time square
riggers.” In 1929, the adventurous young author shipped out from
Germany round Cape Horn to Chile in the big four-masted barque
Peking (now preserved at New York’s
South Street Seaport Museum). Here is a spirited account from the time,
followed by and afterword “Forty-Eight Years Later.” PB, 5 x 7,
Around Cape Horn Mystic
Seaport Video Presentation. Captain Johnson took an 8-millimeter movie
camera with him, and his pictures, digitally re-mastered, are the heart
of this exciting presentation, along with his personal narrative.
Videotape, 37 minutes, black and white.
$29.95 T3201 DVD
The Last Grain Race by
Eric Newby. In 1938 an
eighteen-year-old boy signed on for the round trip from Europe to
Australia in the last commercial sailing fleet to make that formidable
journey. The four-masted barque Moshulu
is now a dockside restaurant in
Philadelphia, and the young apprentice became one of the greatest travel
writers of the twentieth century. PB, 5 x 8, 284pp.
The Way of a Ship by Derek Lundy. A
twentieth-century amateur seaman reconstructs teh nineteenth-centry
voyage of his great-great-uncle. PB, 5x8, 352pp
Sailing Tall, around the
world in the square-rigged Passat
(1946-1948) by Max Wood.
PB, 6 x 9, 149pp.
Around Cape Horn by
Charles G. Davis. A maritime
artist/historian’s account of his 1892 voyage. Edited and introduced
by Captain Neal Parker. PB, 6 x 9, 214pp.
The Last of the Wind Ships.
Introductory text by Basil Greenhill,
photographs by Alan Villiers, and extracts from the published woks of
Alan Villiers. A magnificent record of voyages from 1929 to 1933
aboard the three Cape Horners Herzogin Cecilie, Grace Harwar,
Many of the photos are two-page
spreads. HC. 10 x 13, 224pp.
Horn, the Logical Route by
Bernard Moitessier. The author
and his bride Francoise make a honeymoon cruise from Europe to the
Pacific islands and back in his dreamboat Joshua.
PB, 5 x 8, 251 pp.
the Horn, Dallas Murphy. An exploration of the Cape Horn region,
larded with large amounts of highly readable commentary, history, and
observations. PB, 5x8, 358pp.