In his lifetime William Kingston (1814-1880) was very popular for his adventure and travel novels. "A Yacht Voyage Round England" is written from the perspective of a young boy, who describes his exciting holiday on a sailing boat in 19th century England. His father, a former captain of the Royal Navy, takes his family on a trip round the southern part of Scotland, through the Caledonian Canal. The marvelous tale is illustrated with numerous beautiful engravings.Reprint of the original edition.
We had come home from school much earlier than usual, on account of illness having broken out there; but as none of the boys were dangerously ill, and those in the infirmary were very comfortable, we were not excessively unhappy. I suspect that some of us wished that fever or some other sickness would appear two or three weeks before all the holidays. However, as we had nothing to complain of at school, this, I confess, was a very unreasonable wish. The very day of our arrival home, when we were seated at dinner, and my brother Oliver and I were discussing the important subject of how we were to spend the next ten or twelve weeks, we heard our papa, who is a retired captain of the Royal NavyÑand who was not attending to what we were talking aboutÑsay, as he looked across the table to mamma: ÒWould you object to these boys of ours taking a cruise with me round England this summer?Ó We pricked up our ears, you may be sure, to listen eagerly to the reply. Looking at Oliver, then at me, she said: ÒI should like to know what they think of it. As they have never before taken so long a cruise, they may get tired, and wish themselves home again or back at school.Ó ÒOh no, no! we should like it amazingly. We are sure not to get tired, if papa will take us. We will work our passage; will pull and haul, and learn to reef and steer, and do everything we are told,Ó said Oliver. ÒWhat do you say about the matter, Harry?Ó asked papa. ÒI say ditto to Oliver,Ó I replied. ÒWe will at all events try to be of use;Ó for I knew from previous experience that it was only when the weather was fine, and we were really not wanted, that we were likely to be able to do anything. ÒThen I give my consent,Ó said mamma; on which we both jumped up and kissed her, as we had been accustomed to do when we were little chaps; we both felt so delighted.
In his travel report from 1848 William Ross describes his yacht journey to Scandinavia. His well written and detailed account of the experiences and discoveries made during this journey are supplemented by references to mid-nineteenth century social, cultural and literary debates.Reprint of the original edition from 1849.
Queensland and British Columbia in the Mid-Nineteenth Century
Author: R. Hogg
In mid-nineteenth-century Britain, there existed a dominant discourse on what it meant to be a man –denoted by the term 'manliness'. Based on the sociological work of R.W. Connell and others who argue that gender is performative, Robert Hogg asks how British men performed manliness on the colonial frontiers of Queensland and British Columbia.
Ein Klassiker über ein zeitlos spannendes Abenteurerschicksal Im Juli 1969 wird mitten im Atlantik eine Jacht entdeckt – die Segel sind gesetzt, aber der Trimaran ist leer. Nur die Log- und Tagebücher befinden sich noch an Bord und offenbaren ein dunkles Geheimnis. Ihr Verfasser Donald Crowhurst war acht Monate zuvor aufgebrochen, um im Wettstreit mit namhaften Seglern wie Robin Knox-Johnston und Bernard Moitessier als schnellster Solosegler nonstop die Welt zu umrunden. Was damals kaum jemand wusste: Crowhurst verfügte weder über Hochseeerfahrung noch über ein seetaugliches Boot. Doch warum war der Unternehmer und Familienvater dennoch bei dem Rennen, das die Sunday Times mit einem Preisgeld von 5000 Pfund ausgelost hatte, angetreten? Und was ist an Bord geschehen, dass er für immer verschollen blieb? Einfühlsam arbeiten die Autoren anhand der letzten Aufzeichnungen die Vorgeschichte und sonderbaren Abläufe auf See auf. Sie berichten von menschlichem Streben und Versagen. Erzählen eine Geschichte über Heldentum, in der kein Held vorkommt. Und zeichnen das Porträt eines bemerkenswerten Mannes, der am Ende keinen Ausweg mehr sah. »Crowhursts Geschichte ist dramatischer als alle anderen, geheimnisvoller und dunkler als ›All is lost‹.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazin »Eine der außergewöhnlichsten Seefahrtgeschichten, die je veröffnetlicht wurde.« The Washington Post »Ein Meisterstück.« The New Yorker »Eines der packendsten Lesestücke über das Segeln überhaupt.« FAZ
In 1937, the Scottish writer, Neil Gunn, gave up his job in the civil service, sold his house in Inverness, and bought a boat. With his wife and his brother John, he set off on a three-month voyage around Inner Hebrides. The boat had outlived its first youth, and its engine was somewhat cranky; she went tolerably under sail. These are not high recommendations, but for Gunn, and at times his fellow voyagers, the vessel was an argosy of freedom, of adventure and misadventure–for they were fairly inexperienced sailors, and the waters of the region are by no means placid. Gunn was a Scots nationalist in a sense that goes far beyond the political, even though he thought that an independent Scotland was the only proper basis for a reasonable civilization. He was by nature poetic, uplifted or cast down by changing skies, seascapes, and shores. His descriptions of those things, including their moods, are remarkably evocative. And he is also a passionate historian of his country, exalting its possibilities, anathematizing its shortcomings. The book is illustrated with Daisy Gunn's photographs taken on the voyage, which are palpably amateur but wonderfully telling.
Describing Particularly, The Isthmus of America, Several Coasts and Islands in the West Indies, the Isles of Cape Verd, the Passage by Terra Del Fuego, the South Sea Coasts of Chili, Peru, and Mexico ...
This 1748 publication, edited by naval chaplain Richard Walter (1717-85), documents the extraordinary and lucrative circumnavigation accomplished by the British naval officer George Anson (1697-1762) in 1740-4. Despite the significant loss of crew, the expedition became famous for its capture of Spanish treasure.
The flattering requisitions of those readers who found amusement in the narrative of my former voyage, independently of its scientific details, form an incentive to my present publication. All mere nautical minutiae, which might be deemed tedious, with the exception of such as were indispensable, have been omitted. Various contingencies have delayed the appearance of these Volumes; but I still hope they will not have altogether lost the charm of novelty
one man's voyage around and across the English Channel
Author: Sebastian Smith
Category: Sports & Recreation
To the early Romans it marked the end of the world. To the French it is simply La Manche,or the 'sleeve'. But to the British it is the English Channel, a powerful symbol and literal barrier, defining an island nation. Stirred by a news report of the replacement of Britain's last lighthouse keepers by computers, Sebastian Smith quit his press agency desk job in spring 1999 to explore the vanishing way of life of those who live on and by the Channel. Gripped by the stories he hears and the people he encounters, he is seduced by the lure of the sea and determines to make his own journey across the Channel, teaching himself to pilot and sail a tiny sea-going dinghy...
Deemed by the "Wall Street Journal" as one of the five best books about female adventurers, "A Voyage in the Sunbeam" is a collection of Annie Brassey's journal entries of her voyage around the world with her family (husband and four children), crew (38 members), two dogs, three birds, and a "charming Persian kitten" (who disappeared early into the voyage) aboard a 157-foot steam-powered yacht. Starting at noon on July 1, 1876, they sailed from England and visited South America, the South Pacific, Asia, and the Middle East, returning back home on May 26, 1877. A best-seller in its day, with its descriptions of exotic locales and ship life, this book was even used as a textbook in the United States.
CAPTAIN COOK'S JOURNAL DURING HIS FIRST VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD MADE IN H.M. BARK "ENDEAVOUR" 1768-71
Author: James Cook
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
Strage it must appear that the account of perhaps the most celebrated and, certainly to the English nation, the most momentous voyage of discovery that has ever taken place - for it practically gave birth to the great Australasian Colonies - has never before been given to the world in the very words of its great leader. It has fallen out in this wise. After the return of the Endeavour it was decided that a full and comprehensive account of the voyage should be compiled. COOK'S JOURNAL dealt with matters from the point of view of the seaman, the explorer, and the head of the expedition, responsible for life, and for its general success.