1st.Eng.ed., 1966. Xvi + 222 pp., 25 photo-plates & 25 drawings & maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. V.G. A French work translated into English gathering together the reminiscences and accounts of 29 French masters of square-riggers who braved the hazards of Cape Horn on passage to the Pacific coasts and the gold fields of California. The author describes the ships and how they sailed ; the economic conditions which kept them hard-pressed in competition with fast steamers ; and something of the seamen themselves who endured indescribable hardships. Illustrated with 50 photographs, drawings and maps.