Atlantic: The Last Great Race of Princes / Edition 1

Atlantic: The Last Great Race of Princes / Edition 1

by Scott Cookman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471410764

ISBN-13: 9780471410768

Pub. Date: 04/01/2002

Publisher: Wiley

Delineating a glorious era in maritime history, Atlantic is the first comprehensive account of the legendary 1905 Kaiser’s Cup Transatlantic Race and the international–and individual–intrigue that fueled it. In the hands of master storyteller Scott Cookman–with characters no fiction can duplicate–this dazzling chronicle vividly recounts

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Delineating a glorious era in maritime history, Atlantic is the first comprehensive account of the legendary 1905 Kaiser’s Cup Transatlantic Race and the international–and individual–intrigue that fueled it. In the hands of master storyteller Scott Cookman–with characters no fiction can duplicate–this dazzling chronicle vividly recounts one of the most dramatic long-distance yacht races in history.

Kaiser Wilhelm II, seeking to prove German maritime superiority and win funding for his massive naval buildup, challenged the world to a no-holds-barred ocean race, without handicaps or time allowances. Ten of the wealthiest men in Britain and America were determined to stop him–among them the 26th Earl of Crawford, one of the richest peers in the British Empire; American steel heir Edward Coleman, son of Andrew Carnegie’s business partner; and Allison Armour, heir to the vast meatpacking fortune. They hired the greatest yacht racing skippers in history to do it–three-time America’s cup winner Charlie Barr, transatlantic record-holder Jimmy Loesch, triple-crown ocean racer Lem Miller, and legendary Gloucester fishing captain Tommie Bohlin. Embarking celebrity guests, master chefs, and the first woman to participate in an ocean race, they crossed the starting line off Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in the spring of 1905. For two weeks, the whole world watched–enthralled and appalled.

Neither the winners nor losers knew what awaited them after the finish. With the coming of World War I, the stock market crash, and the Great Depression, the last of the world’s gilded princes would see their privileged lives change forever with the collapse of an age that had once seemed timeless.

Rich in detail of an era of yacht racing on a grand scale, Atlantic is a remarkable story of wealth, privilege, and power that few have heard–and none will forget.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471410768
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.42(h) x 1.05(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

1. The Great Ocean Race.

2. The World of 1905.

3. Land Fading in the West.

4. Death Race.

5. Third Day at Sea.

6. Sore Hearts and Heads.

7. Fourth Day at Sea.

8. Another Kind of Race.

9. The Man Nobody Liked.

10. Fifth Day at Sea.

11. Spoiled Sports.

12. Clubs and Kings.

13. Sixth Day at Sea.

14. Contests of Will.

15. The Germans.

16. The British.

17. Crown Princes of Capitalism.

18. Hired Guns.

19. Greatest of All Yacht Captains.

20. Too Many Cooks.

21. A World in Waiting.

22. Starting Gun.

23. In for a Fight.

24. "You Hired Me to Win".

25. "Are We First?"

26. The Empty Cup.

27. End of an Age.

Appendix I: Entries: 1905 Kaiser's Cup Transatlantic Race.

Appendix II: Summary: 1905 Kaiser's Cup Transatlantic Race.

Appendix III: Winning Finishes: Transatlantic Races 1866-1905.

Notes and Sources.

Credits.

Index.

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