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Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea

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Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan's Adrift chronicled one of the most astounding voyages of the century and one of the great sea adventures of all time. In some ways the model for the new wave of adventure books, Adrift is now an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived for more than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized only six days from port.

Racked by hunger, buffeted by storms, scorched by the tropical sun, Callahan drifted for 1,800 miles, fighting off sharks with a makeshift spear and watching as nine ships passed him by. "A real human drama that delves deeply into man's survival instincts" (Library Journal), Adrift is a story of anguish and horror, of undying heroism, hope, and survival, and a must-read for any adventure lover.

"An utterly absorbing saga." - Newsweek

"Fascinating . . . a clearly written ocean yarn in which the stakes are high and a brave man wins through." - Wall Street Journal
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Library Journal
Callahan, a marine architect, lost his boat in a storm off the Canary Islands while engaged in a singlehanded race across the Atlantic in 1981. Luckily, he carried far more than the basic emergency equipment required, e.g., a six-person raft. Before sinking he was able to recover his emergency equipment bag and his life raft. Callahan admits to having read the survival accounts of Maurice and Maralyn Bailey ( Staying Alive , 1974) and Dougal Robertson ( Survive the Savage Sea , 1973) and even had the latter's manual Sea Survival (1975) with him in the raft. What makes his story different was his lack of a companion. Through his own ingenuity he learned how to spear fish, fix his solar still, and even repair his holed raft. This is a real human drama that delves deeply into a man's survival instincts. It should be read by anyone venturing offshore in a small boat. John Kenny, San Francisco P.L.
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YA Sailing Napoleon Solo in a single-handed Mini-Transat race from Spain to Antigua, Callahan was west of the Canary Islands when he realized that his sailboat was sinking. He managed to grab the life raft, a knife, his emergency duffel bag, a piece of mains'l, and a sleeping bag. These items became his home and sole possessions for 76 days. Loneliness, hunger, thirst, pain, and weakness dogged Callahan, yet his ingenuity and knowledge of the sea enabled him to survive. The illustrations and diagrams of life aboard Rubber Ducky III enable readers to visualize the hardshipsthe cramped living space of the raft, the hundreds of salt water sores that covered his body, the foreboding appearance of an approaching storm, or the primitive method used to collect fresh water. Harassed by sharks and dorados; at the mercy of storms; sore, cold, and miserable, Callahan shows fortitude and perseverance. An excellent book for all YAs, whether sailors or landlubbers. Pam Spencer, Mount Vernon High School Library, Fairfax, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896217195
  • Publisher: Macmillan Library Reference
  • Publication date: 1/1/1986
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Large print ed
  • Pages: 350

Meet the Author

A naval architect, Steven Callahan has logged over 80,000 miles offshore over the last 40+ years and participated in most aspects of the marine industry. Author of Capsized, Adrift, and scores of articles, Callahan also continues to offer marine research, design, writing, and consultation services.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

    Great adventure book

    I bought this book for my husband, who loves sailing and adventures. He is not an avid reader, but he really enjoyed this book! He had a hard time putting it down each day. He said it made him want to quit his job, build a boat, and travel.
    Inside the book were multiple drawings, which really helped visualize the path of the author. He had a map of the seas he traveled, and there were random drawings throughout that added interest.
    Although the book might feel a little long at first (256 pages), it is a quick read and goes by fast because it's so interesting. Highly recommended!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

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    A fascinating read!

    Steve Callahan's account of being lost at sea for 76 days was absolutely fascinating. Because he kept a journal during the event, he is able to recall each day with amazing detail as well as supplying sketches he made of some of his innovations and of the boat and the fish. You get to see his ups and downs, his state of mind, what sparked new innovations, etc. His survival is truly amazing.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    A great book about survival. Luckily he had survival skills, but the odds were definetly against him in a small raft. He learned much about himself and to appreciate the simpler things in life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    An incredible read of man vs. nature

    I finally had the opportunity to sit and read this adventure of Steve Callahan vs. the ocean. The detailed description of his daily struggles while adrift at sea was inspiring. His fight for water, food, and sanity was so well scripted in his writings, you could feel his pain. A truly inspiring book, which helps balance our own daily struggles.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2007

    Astounding!

    This book details the remarkable journey of Steven Callahan, a man straded at sea for 76 days. The book details the acts of survival as well as the emotions the accompany him on his journey. It is well written and manages to hold ones interest throughout its 232 seemingly short pages. A must read for those looking for travel, adventure and inspiration!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    Amazing Book

    Reading is not my favorite pastime. I was in the library and the title Adrift caugth my eye. I read the synopsis and fell in love with the book. The book will appeal especially to those who have been at sea and can appreciate the problems Stephen Callahan must face. Callahan creates strategies to accomplish on obtaining water, food, and shelter. He turns his tiny rubber raft into a fully functioning survival home

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Excellent read

    I read this book several years ago when it was first published. I thought I would read it again after hopefully matured a bit. It was just as good as the first time I read it. It's an example of what the human spirit can do when put to the test.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    I thought that the book was really good and it helped me underst

    I thought that the book was really good and it helped me understand what was going on in the book and i understanded it more becasue the author out dteail and it made me have an image in my mind of the book. The book ws great and i recommend you all to read the book because it is really and truely a really great book and i loved it. please read the book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Great book!

    Awesome adventure and I love his perspective on life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2003

    Life Changing Book Everyone Should Read!

    Forget the self help books, and read this real life story of hope, desire, and courage. Having read few books in my life, I was drawn to this book by chance, but as I read it I began to change as if I too was trying to survive! I now look at daily challenges in life with a new attitude!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

    Must read! An unbelievable tale of survivable!

    I enjoyed this true story of such hardship and such amazing struggles and ingenuity .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Excellant

    Enjoyed the book. Worth reading.

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    Sea I enjoyed the first part of the book when he was in the race

    Sea I enjoyed the first part of the book when he was in the race and the next part where he was sinking. After a while it started getting repetitious though. It got good again when he was saved. A good book to read and not worry about skimming and losing anything.

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    My goodness, 76 days out to sea. Steven Callahan would not have

    My goodness, 76 days out to sea. Steven Callahan would not have made it had he not been so ingenious. He gives great details on everything he rigged to stay alive. Great reading.

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    What an accomplished sailor Callahan is. He built his own boat a

    What an accomplished sailor Callahan is. He built his own boat and I suspect if he had not he wouldn’t be with us today. A desperate story crafted as well as his ship.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    How many different things can happen on a raft to make this wort

    How many different things can happen on a raft to make this worth your while to read? Quite a few. Thanks for the occasional humor in an otherwise stark situation. 

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  • Posted June 2, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Heartbreaking, inspiring true story. One man's coming to terms with nature and life on a very personal level. I could not put this book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Nuffy

    Should of new before reading that it was gone to be the same story every day. Other then that it was ok

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Luthien

    Yay! I wake up to good news not bad!! Everyones praying worked!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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