Hurst, A. A.


1st.ed., 1960. 160 pp., frontis., + 23 other photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 15cm. FINE. This was the author’s third book and one in which he describes the square-rigger fleet owned by Gustaf Erikson, the Finnish shipowner who kept afloat surviving windjammers and employed them in the grain trade between Australia and England. Alex Hurst had sailed round Cape Horn under sail himself and knew from personal experience the conditions these vessels and their crews had to endure. He muses over the names of the old full-riggers and barques, and passes a watch contemplating the stars and considering the winds that carried these wind-ships to their destinations. Towards the end of the book he looks at the school ships of the post-war era ; heirs of a long and glorious tradition. There is also a glossary of sea terms and nautical expressions in use during the twilight days of deep-water commercial sail. GUSTAF ERIKSON’S FLEET AND THE LAST SURVIVORS OF DEEP-WATER SAIL. FINE COPY.

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