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The Last of the Cape Horners: Firsthand Accounts from the Final Days of the Commercial Tall Ships

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The Last of the Cape Horners: Firsthand Accounts from the Final Days of the Commercial Tall Ships

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    Available in PDF Format | The Last of the Cape Horners: Firsthand Accounts from the Final Days of the Commercial Tall Ships.pdf | English
    Spencer Apollonio(Author)
When we think of commercial sailing, most of us are apt to picture square-riggers as vessels of the nineteenth century or earlier. Yet the graceful, multi-masted beauties of our imaginations actually sailed on into the 1950s before they disappeared from the seas forever. Veteran sailor Spencer Apollonio has selected from little-known sources some of the best-written and most representative accounts of life aboard the last of these ships that sailed around the southern tip of South America - the fabled "Cape Horners." Written by officers, crewmen, and passengers aboard American, British, and Finnish vessels, they pro-vide a realistic picture of a maritime era the likes of which will not ever be seen again.

Spencer Apollonio is a marine biologist who has sailed a tradition-al wooden gaff-rigged sloop along the coast of Maine for over twenty years. Boothbay Harbor is his homeport.

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  • PDF | 307 pages
  • Spencer Apollonio(Author)
  • Brassey's US; 1st Edition edition (1 Nov. 2000)
  • English
  • 10
  • Science & Nature

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  • By H. Bennett on 31 July 2013

    The sailing ships of the mid-to-late nineteenth century may well have been, in their element, the most visually beautiful artfacts ever made by man. But the conditions of those who worked the ships was far from romantic. This compilation of accounts by crew members in the twentieth century is truly fascinating. As one put it "...I am inclined to look upon this life as one of the least glamorous pursuits of hard labour known to man. The sea is always the same and there is not much beauty to be seen in the sails when they are wet and cold and gray and you are wet and cold and gray, and they fight you with a malignant ferocity when you go aloft to take them in." Even so, there is a wealth of entertaining stories in these personnal narrations. A jolly good read.

  • By D. M. Ely-brown on 27 September 2015

    Excellant excerpts from the accounts written by the men that crewed and sailed the last square riggers. Not by professional writers but mostly by ordinary men and boys who signed on those ships for a variety of reasons. It is very easy imagine you are with them sharing in their hardships. For anyone who has a love of the sea and especially tall ships, I cannot recommend this book enough.

  • By Gadget man on 30 December 2016

    A great collection of real-life stories from those who lived on-board these magnificent vessels with explanations for us land lubbers.

  • By chris.c on 7 January 2015

    I am currently half way through this very exciting book.

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