A Speck on the Sea: Epic Voyages in the Most Improbable Vessels

A Speck on the Sea: Epic Voyages in the Most Improbable Vessels

William H. Longyard

Language: English

Pages: 351


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A gripping compendium of noteworthy small-boat voyages made over the centuries." --John Harland, author of Seamanship in the Age of Sail

A Speck on the Sea chronicles the greatest ocean voyages attempted in the littlest boats. These feats include:
• Diego Mendezs voyage to rescue Columbus
• William Okeley's escape from slavery in a folding rowboat
• Ernest Shackleton's death-cheating journeys
• And more.

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bags. He quickly bent on the sails and headed away from the harbor, but in the wrong direction, north. Once again his boat would not sail well against the wind. As the boat drifted north he worked on the engine to remove the moisture. Later that night he got it to start, and so turned south against the wind and headed toward his goal, the Canary Islands. There he would surely find his longed-for trade winds. He arrived there sixteen days later, picked up his coveted trades, and scooted off

competitors, which is what seems to have happened. 148just east of Munich. Folding fabric-covered boats go as far back as, of course, Okeley, though perhaps some coracles may have been built that way, too, even earlier. In 1851 an English cleric, the Reverend E. Berthon, devised and marketed a collapsible dinghy. It looked very much like a coracle when erected, but when folded was very flat. In 1883 an English sailor named Terry built a remarkable portable boat that could be transformed from

rolled again, keel up for the second time. This time with less underwater resistance, the boat was quickly righted, but when Gilboy had a chance to survey the damage he found that many of his provisions, already low, were spoiled and that, worst of all, his compass was gone. That meant he wouldn’t be able to steer a reliable course at night or in bad weather, further lengthening the trip and increasing the food shortage. Alone in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, with over fourteen hundred miles

papers. It wouldn’t be the first time he had sidestepped officialdom. One thing that can be said about Rebell: even in his darkest hour, he never quit. Rash, romantic, delusory, socially inept—he was all those, but he marched on when many others would have jumped from the Gap, and many did in those years. Rebell was different, to say the least, but his idiosyncratic thought process whipped up a new plan of attack to save his unhappy life—he would get a little boat and sail it to America! He must

needed modifications to the GP-A, which by now he had christened Half-Safe after hearing the tag line from a deodorant commercial. Another departure was made on August 7 and after some good going the prop shaft thrust bearing cracked. They had no spare and they knew also that, having made only three hundred miles in five days of hard motoring, they hadn’t enough fuel to make the Azores. While adrift and awaiting rescue, Carlin realized he would have to scuttle his boat rather than leave it as a

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