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No one can describe Mr. Langford's book with more understanding than the Captain of the Albatross.
"Dick Langford was a tremendous asset on the school voyage of the Brigantine Albatross. He was a great human being, a leader of the young students, and a fine English teacher.
He has written a vivid, dramatic account about the ship's final, fatal voyage. His own experience was particularly harrowing. He brings it alive with great sensitivity and flowing prose."
Captain Christopher B. Sheldon
Author Bio: Richard E. Langford has lived on and around the sea all his life. Born and raised in Pensacola, Fla., as a teen-ager he served as a volunteer Red Cross water safety instructor and lifeguard. He worked as a professional Safety Services Representative for American National Red Cross, training hundreds of instructors in life saving, swimming, boating, sailing and first aid.
Author Comments: Back in 1960 I answered an ad in Yachting Magazine, placed by The Ocean Academy Ltd. owned and operated by Christopher B. Sheldon, Ph.D., and N. Alice Sheldon, MD. They wanted a teacher of English for a nine-month voyage on the school ship Albatross, a square-rigged brig to be crewed by teen-aged students.
The Sheldons expected to sail through the Caribbean, transit the Panama Canal, then spend a month or more in the Galapagos Islands before returning to their home port of Mystic, Conn. I was 35 years old, teaching English at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., when I answered the ad. I was determined to sail on Albatross's first schooling voyage even if obliged to resign from Stetson. Fortunately, an understanding dean and department head allowed me a leave of absence. As many readers no doubt know, the first schooling voyage of Albatross was also her last. This is the tale of that voyage.
I wrote most of it in the middle '60s, then put it aside for the interim. The film White Squall engendered fresh interest in the Albatross voyage, even though the film was more Hollywood parody than fact. Readers of this volume will acquire a more realistic understanding of the people and events involved.
I am indebted to travel writer Janet Groene for her interest in this book. She read it, liked it and recommended it to one of her publishers. Without her efforts on my behalf, the manuscript would remain in a box beneath my desk, where it had been for more than three decades.
Richard E. Langford
|Publisher:||Bristol Fashion Publications|
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The movie is excellent. No computer-generated effects here. A tank with 6 million gallons of water was used to show the faltering ship during the White Squall. Good thing he survived.
The teenagers in the film brought the book 'to life'. Jeff Bridges' interplay with them added to revealing the turmoil and problems with father figures (and real fathers) that teenage boys have to face head-on. I liked the author's technique of telling the story in the book, but the movie is the first thing that caught my attention, and led me to a reading of the book by Langford. The exciting film's ending was shot without computer graphics, thus the realism (the director shot inside a two-million gallon tank to secure the real-like squall effects perfectly,) which did justice to the book's story-telling. I saw an anti-climatic final 10 minutes, which was flat and poorly written. I give it 5 stars out of 5.
This is an excellent story. Don Hohl 3015 West Addison Street Chicago, IL 60618-4507