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The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst (Sailor's Classics Series)

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Great Read

    This work is a fairly thorough, almost complete, analysis of the a wildly interesting story of a courageous endeavor that fell to human frailty. Donald Crowhurst saw a way out of financial difficulty and a way into celebrity, but prepared with haste, incompletely. With good intent, but a fair amount of trepidation, he embarked on one of the most challenging sea voyages imaginable - sindlehanding a small sailboat all the way around the earth without stopping - or receiving any assistance at all. Not many days into the voyage, he realized he could not complete it and set about to perpetrate one of the greatest hoaxes of all time. He failed in the hoax but succeeded in leaving us with a sailing mystery that rivals the Mary Deare.

    Couldn't put it down.

    One thing that this reader believes is that the hazards of lead solder should have been investigated by the competent authors, Tomlin and Hall. Soldering in the confined space of a small vessel is dangerous due to lead oxide fumes. Exposure to such fumes can result in lead poisoning - loss of appetite, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, abdominal cramps, nervousness, and insomnia are symptoms. Is it possible that the hours of soldering required to repair and alter his transmitters could have caused many of the symptoms above, and even the dementia that was clearly present in his last log entries? We may never know, but a complete investigation should include this possibility, in this reader's humble opinion.

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