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Old 22nd September 2019, 21:51
Steve Hodges Steve Hodges is offline  
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I think I would have to go with Newby's"The Last Grain Race" as having made the most impression on me, but Villier's " By Way of Cape Horn" runs it a close second.

One day, when all of us are long, long gone, I think that humankind will have to relearn how to build and operate windships - let's hope that the knowledge will still be recorded.
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Old 22nd September 2019, 23:24
dannic dannic is offline  
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Originally Posted by grootondermarszeil View Post
Hey. There are probably a thousand or more books about the Square-rigged sea-going ships. Many of you have 1 to 5 books. Others may have 100 or more. Which book has impressed you the most. [no photo albums]
Not square riggers but other real sailing vessels and how it was done .Patrick O,Brians series of Captain Aubrey and Doctor Maturin, Descriptive of everything from climbing to the cross trees to sailing into the wind.
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Old 23rd September 2019, 08:15
Barrie Youde Barrie Youde is offline  
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One reason why Newby (a first-tripper) is so good lies in the quality of his writing. He explains many things which other writers leave unexplained. At the same time, without saying so in express terms, he is a most shrewd observer, learning much and learning it quickly - and thus teaching his lessons amply and fully to the reader. I read The Last Grain Race on my own first-trip to sea and found it very helpful indeed - even in a modern steamship.

As a general travel-writer in later life he remained most keenly observant.
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