A SPECK ON THE SEA: Epic Voyages in the Most Improbable Vessels [NOOK Book]

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More than Seventy Accounts of Big Adventures in Small Boats

In A Speck on the Sea, William Longyard reaches back through five centuries to gather a collection of sea adventures in which the smallest, unlikeliest craft--and the daring individuals aboard them--completed extraordinary voyages against great ...

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A SPECK ON THE SEA: Epic Voyages in the Most Improbable Vessels

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Overview

More than Seventy Accounts of Big Adventures in Small Boats

In A Speck on the Sea, William Longyard reaches back through five centuries to gather a collection of sea adventures in which the smallest, unlikeliest craft--and the daring individuals aboard them--completed extraordinary voyages against great odds.

From canoes and small sailboats to a pair of strap-to-your-feet pontoons, the watercraft in these true stories make nearly as varied a collection as the mariners who piloted them. The intrepid seafarers and their feats of seamanship include:



  • Ed Gillet's kite-powered transpacific kayak voyage

  • Gladys Gradely's 1902 quest to become the first woman to solo the Atlantic

  • Ben Lecomte's swim across an ocean for love

  • Hugo Vihlen's 1968 ocean crossing in the 6-foot sailboat April Fool

  • Peter Bird's tragic attempt to row across the Pacific

  • And scores more



Whether driven by desperation, adventure, or a desire for fame and fortune, the risktakers in these stories show what vast oceans can be crossed in tiny contrivances by those who dare.

"Great fun to read."--Cruising World

"Very few reference books make for such riveting reading."--Good Old Boat

"Re-creates these awe-inspiring adventures in fascinating detail."--NW Yachting

"Seagoing heroes and scalawags come alive with rich detail in Longyard's volume of salty tales."--Judy Blumhorst, Commodore Emeritus, Northern California Association of West Wight Potter Owners and Webmaster, www.trailersailer.com

William H. Longyard has spent twenty-five years paddling, rowing, and sailing small boats of all kinds. He has published several books and written numerous articles for boating journals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071460095
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 7/27/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,084,630
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

William H. Longyard (Winston-Salem, NC) has paddled, rowed, and sailed small boats for 25 years. A high school English teacher, he has published several books and written articles for boating journals.

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Table of Contents

Introduction63 A.D. - Sixteenth Century / The Fogbound PastSeventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries / Two Desperate Escapes1865 - 1876 / Victorian Venturers1876 - 1900 / The Paths of Glory1900 - 1920 / A World to Conquer1920 - 1930s / Lovers and Other LosersThe 1940s / Big Feat, Little NoticeThe 1950s / Goofy and GallantThe 1960s / Doing Your Own ThingThe 1970s / The Pursuit of HappinessThe 1980s / The Golden DecadeThe 1990s / Records and ReduxThe New Millennium / New Faces and OldTo Sea or Not to Sea / ConclusionAppendix / Rowers and Other StrangersAppendix / Other Notable VoyagesNotesBibliographyAcknowledgmentsIndex
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