Sailing to the Far Horizon: The Restless Journey and Tragic Sinking of a Tall Ship

Sailing to the Far Horizon: The Restless Journey and Tragic Sinking of a Tall Ship

by Pamela Sisman Bitterman


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299201944
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 08/04/2012
Edition description: 1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Pamela Sisman Bitterman is author of Muzungu, a travel memoir of her experience in Kenya, and the children’s book When This Is Over, I Will Go to School, and I Will Learn to Read, which won a CBC Gold Medal and a Sharp Writ book award. She lives in San Diego, California.

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"I boarded the tall ship in Boston on August 20, 1978. We left the harbor bound for the Caribbean in the early dawn of October 25, marking the beginning of my maiden voyage aboard the Sofia. Those introductory months in port had proved interesting if not illuminating, productive without the benefit of certainty. I was there, but I did not yet belong. Had I not spent so much of my early life marching chin high, shoulders squared through unfamiliar territory in which I felt no semblance of belonging, I might have bolted for somewhere safe and something accustomed. But as before, the magnetic attraction of the unknown ignited my resolve to face that interminable feeling of aloneness."—excerpt from Sailing to the Far Horizon

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1 Joining the Sofia for Her Second Circumnavigation: Floating in Boston
Chapter 2 Into the Teeth of Hurricane Kendra: My Maiden Voyage
Chapter 3 Too Much Rum, Too Many Steel Drums: Too Long a Stay in the Windward Islands
Chapter 4 Old World, Third World, Unspoiled World: The Dutch Antilles, Venezuela, the San Blas Archipelago
Chapter 5 Great Escapes: The Trip Overland through Mexico and Central America
Chapter 6 “¿Dónde Está American Embassy?”: What the Travel Brochures Don't Tell You: Costa Rica, Panama, and the Galapagos
Chapter 7 The World’s Largest Espanse of Uninterrupted Ocean: Crossing the South Pacific to the Marquesas
Chapter 8 The Most Beautiful Islands in the World: The Societies
Chapter 9 Too Many Have Come before Us: The Cook Islands, the Samoas, and the Kingdom of Tonga
Chapter 10 Deep in the Doldrums: Crossing the Horse Latitudes to New Zeland
Chapter 11 Roll On, Deep and Dark Blue Ocean: The Mutiny and the Sofia's Final Passage
Chapter 12 Off the North Cape: The Storm
Chapter 13 Sinking: The Life Rafts
Chapter 14 Coming Home


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