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

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

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by Nicholas Tomalin, Ron Hall
     
 

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The Sailor's Classics library introduces a new generation of readers to the best books ever written about small boats under sail

In the autumn of 1968, Donald Crowhurst set sail from England to participate in the first single-handed nonstop around-the-world sailboat race. Eight months later, his boat was found in the mid-Atlantic, intact but with no one on board.

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The Sailor's Classics library introduces a new generation of readers to the best books ever written about small boats under sail

In the autumn of 1968, Donald Crowhurst set sail from England to participate in the first single-handed nonstop around-the-world sailboat race. Eight months later, his boat was found in the mid-Atlantic, intact but with no one on board. In this gripping reconstruction, journalists Nicholas Tomalin and Ron Hall tell the story of Crowhurst's ill-fated voyage.

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Tomalin's reconstruction of Crowhuurst's life & death, now a classic of the sea, is reprinted here under McGraw's International Marine imprint. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071414296
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
04/30/2003
Series:
Sailor's Classics Series
Edition description:
Sailor's Classic Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
495,094
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Tomalin was literary editor for the New Stateman and a featured columnist for the Daily Express, the Sunday Times, and the Evening Standard of London. He was nominated Reporter of the Year for his coverage of the war in Vietnam.

Ron Hall is a leading British journalist. He was cofounder of the Sunday Times' (London) "Insight," where he was editor from 1964 - 66, and he became joint managing editor of the Sunday Times in 1969.

Jonathan Raban is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the editor of The Oxford Book of the Sea, and author of ten critically acclaimed books, including Passage to Juneau. He is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Heinemann Award for Literature, and received the New York Times Editors' Choice for Book of the Year for Old Glory and Bad Land. He has been called (by The Guardian) "the finest writer afloat since Conrad."

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The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst (Sailor's Classics Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BB9 More than 1 year ago
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.