Taming the Atlantic: The History of Man's Battle With the World's Toughest Ocean

Taming the Atlantic: The History of Man's Battle With the World's Toughest Ocean

by Dag Pike


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526700834
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 01/04/2018
Series: Biography Series
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dag Pike first went to sea aged 16 on tramp ships and experienced his first shipwreck two years later. He became the youngest Trinity House lighthouse tender captain aged 29\. He went to become an Inspector of Lifeboats responsible for some 50 RNLI stations.

He has participated in six Atlantic record attempts and, as a member of the Italian Destriero project, made the fastest crossing averaging over 53 knots.

Dag has written over 40 books and contributes regularly to marine magazines worldwide. Having witnessed the Atlantic in all its moods and been shipwrecked twice, he is uniquely qualified to write this book.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

1 Winds, Currents and Wild Seas 1

2 The Early Explorers 17

3 Emigration and the Sailing Packets 35

4 Early Steam 53

5 The Grand Liners Dominate the Atlantic 73

6 Small Boats and Yachts 92

7 Rowing, Rafts and Unconventional Craft 101

8 Motor Boats take to the Atlantic 127

9 New Atlantic Records 137

10 An Ocean in Turmoil 162

11 Disasters on the Atlantic 181

12 The Future 200

Select Bibliography 216

Index 217

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