WINDJAMMERS : THE FINAL STORY. A COLLECTION OF MEMOIRS, POEMS AND PAINTINGS DEPICTING THE LIFE IN THE LAST COMMERCIAL SAILING SHIPS.

Carter, Robert.


£75.00




Rosenberg, NSW, Australia, 1st.ed., 2004. 254 pp., 42 cold. plates + 24 b&w & 9 cold. photographs + head-piece drawings. D.j., 30 x 22cm. Complete with book-mark made especially for the book. Signed Presentation Copy from the Author to the late Gordon Tufnell of Liverpool, inscribed : "To Gordon Tufnell, with my best wishes. Robert Carter, May 2004." The author had the rare opportunity to acquire first-hand information regarding the last ocean-going square-riggers as he enjoyed friendship with a number of sailors who manned the windjammers, most noticeably Captain Eben Anderson, one of Gustaf Erikson's masters. As a youth, the author corresponded with Erikson himself, and this led him on to carry out research into the final epoch of deep-water sail and a way of life now beyond living memory. The result is an interesting blend of interviews, diary extracts, and stories, all illustrated with 42 of the author's beautiful and detailed paintings. He explains why sail managed to survive half way through the last century, despite its losing battle with powered vessels. He describes the harsh conditions the seamen endured, citing the beauty of sail as the reason so many sailors chose this way of life rather than the more comfortable and better paid berths in steamers. It is the story of about the last 50 years of sail ; an era that ended in 1959.


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