Randier, Jean.


1st.Eng.ed., 1968. 360 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs (some cold.), drawings, plans, diagrams, maps & facsimiles. D.j., 25 x 21cm. V.G.+. First published in France in 1966, this is an English translation of a remarkable and excellent study of sailing ships and the men who manned them on long voyages round the Horn – the most feared stretch of water in the world – between 1616 and 1939 when Erikson’s grain ships regularly faced this peril. The first chapters examine the early voyages of exploration and the passage between the Straits of Magellan and the Horn – the twin gateways into the Pacific from the west. The author moves on to commercial voyaging and the days of the Tea Clippers, Down Easters, and the Wool, Opium and Nitrate Clippers of the 19th century. He provides anecdotes of shipwreck off the Horn, whaling voyages and naval expeditions, and describes life aboard square-riggers during the 1880’s and on to the final era of the windjammers up to WWII. The narrative is supported by a wealth of photographs, drawings, plans and other illustrations – some in colour and some rare. A HISTORY OF THE SQUARE-RIGGER AND THEIR CREWS BRAVING THE HORN.

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