Mary's Voyage: The Adventures of John and Mary Caldwell: A Sequel to Desperate Voyage

Overview

John Caldwell recounted this epic journey in his famous book, Desperate Voyage. Now Mary tells the story of their adventurous life in this fascinating biography.

After living in California for several years, Mary, John and their children became the first family to attempt a voyage around the world on a small sailing craft, using only a sextant and dead reckoning to guide them across thousands of miles of ocean. Mary was pregnant at the beginning of the voyage and already had a ...

See more details below
Paperback
$15.69
BN.com price
(Save 21%)$19.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (9) from $11.85   
  • New (7) from $11.85   
  • Used (2) from $12.50   
Sending request ...

Overview

John Caldwell recounted this epic journey in his famous book, Desperate Voyage. Now Mary tells the story of their adventurous life in this fascinating biography.

After living in California for several years, Mary, John and their children became the first family to attempt a voyage around the world on a small sailing craft, using only a sextant and dead reckoning to guide them across thousands of miles of ocean. Mary was pregnant at the beginning of the voyage and already had a toddler and an infant son in tow. Months would pass without sight of land. She gave birth to her youngest son in Tahiti, weathered constant seasickness and survived frightening ocean storms, several hurricanes and a tsunami.

Mary and John finally settled in the Grenadines where they built the world-renowned Palm Island resort and followed the political developments of the area, including the Grenada invasion. Mary's story of endurance and fearlessness is remarkable and inspiring.

About the Author:
Mary Caldwell, the widow of John Caldwell, is now enjoying retirement in Florida

About the Author:
Dr. Matthew Dougals, the author of several books, recently completed a screenplay based on Desperate Voyage

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Royal Navy Sailing Association
An intriguing autobiography about an unconventional family -- her book certainly describes a fascinating life...recount(ing) her husband's crossing of the Pacific in the late 1940s followed by their Pacific crossing in the 1950s with a young family and completing the circumnavigation in the 1960s. The story is beautifully told by Mary, now in her early eighties.
The Ensign
John and Mary Caldwell's humdrum life in California is driving them mad. With two infants and a third child on the way, they make the 36-foot ketch Tropic Seas their home and sail around the world via Mary's native Australia, navigating by dead reckoning and sextant. Imagine the courage of a pregnant woman prone to seasickness battling the seas, sharing watch duties with her husband, and taking care of children and meals. Storms don't seem to daunt her, but a whale with amorous intentions for Tropic Seas certainly does. Roger, their third son, is born in Tahiti. After completing their circumnavigation, they convert a swampy, mosquito-infested island into the superb Palm Island Resort in the Grenadines. This book will appeal to anyone who likes their adventure stories, particularly a sailor.
nnn Cruising World
John Caldwell's Desperate Voyage told the story of how the author, longing for his Aussie bride, Mary, in the days after World War II, set sail on an improbable journey aboard his 29-foot PAGAN that would take him from Panama to shipwreck on a reef fringing a small island near Fiji. In Mary's Voyage, Mary Caldwell tells her own story, picking up where Desperate Voyage leaves off: Mary and John find their next boat, OUTWARD BOUND, cut their ties to work in the United States, and set sail with a toddler, an infant, and a third son on the way. It's a family adventure as they make their way across the Pacific; their only deadline is a self-imposed desire to be in Tahiti for the birth of the baby. The descriptions of the children at play are often entertaining, but in one darker scene, the kids take apart John's only sextant, forcing the family to find their way to the Marquesas via dead reckoning. Their voyage takes them nearly round the world, but ends just shy of a circumnavigation when they acquire Prune Island quickly renamed Palm Island in the just-developing Grenadines. Hard work, revolutions, and invasions do little to dampen Mary's zest for adventure and the couple's quest to build an island resort. Mary's Voyage is a delightful tale and a home-spun glimpse into a Caribbean age gone by.
Royal Naval Sailing Association
An intriguing autobiography about an unconventional family — her book certainly describes a fascinating life...recount(ing) her husband's crossing of the Pacific in the late 1940s followed by their Pacific crossing in the 1950s with a young family and completing the circumnavigation in the 1960s. The story is beautifully told by Mary, now in her early eighties.
Ocean Navigator
An honest and loving memoir of her adventurous life. . . . An inspiration to anyone who chooses to embrace life and live it without regret.
Wisconsin Bookwatch

Circling around the world is a feat in itself; doing it with your entire family is an adventure. Mary's Voyage: The Adventures of John and Mary Caldwell tells of the Caldwell family and how they began their long journey around the globe. . . . Facing the long sailing trip and the wrath of nature, Mary's Voyage is a true life adventure sure to please fans of unusual feats by common people.

Latitudes & Attitudes

This companion book to Desperate Voyage by John Caldwell, is his wife Mary's recollections of their experiences as the first family to attempt a circumnavigation. Departing in 1952 with a toddler, an infant, and Mary pregnant, they cruised thousands of miles.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574092677
  • Publisher: Sheridan House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 457,873
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Caldwell led an adventurous life on three continents.

Dr. Matthew M. Douglas is a scientist and a writer. He is the author of several books and numerous articles. He recently completed a screenplay based on John Caldwell's Desperate Voyage. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


Foreword     xi
The Lure of the Sea     1
Practice Makes Perfect     6
The Dream Begins     11
Searching for the Trade Winds     18
The Doldrums     26
The Marquesas     31
Peaches and Ruita     43
Leaving Peaches     53
Onward to Tahiti     59
Death Taints Paradise     68
More Adventures     72
On to Bora Bora     78
To a Tuvuthan Reunion     84
Just Playing     97
Onward to Australia     101
Tragedy Strikes     111
Revisiting My Youth     113
A Bit of Texas     118
Outward Bound     123
A Family at Sea     128
From Townsville to Port Victoria     134
Around the Horn of Africa to the Middle East     144
A Dash Through Europe     149
Searching for a Caribbean Paradise     155
Buying a Prune     160
Developing the Prune     167
Palm Island Stories     174
More Palm Stories     180
Preparing for Opening Day     190
A Troubled Youth     199
Secrets of Desperate Voyage Revealed     208
Business Begins!     214
Squelching a Caribbean Rebellion     220
Duties, Obligations and Principles     224
The Grenada Episode     233
A Hostile Takeover     238
Workers' Unrest     244
Wakata Reef Revisited     252
Farewell Johnny Coconut, Farewell Palm     256
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)