By Way of Cape Horn

By Way of Cape Horn

Alan Villiers / Nov 15, 2019

By Way of Cape Horn Alan Villiers sailed before the mast on the grace Harwar and in this book he describes the square rigger s nightmare voyage from Australia to Queenstown He tells of the long drawn out run to the Horn

  • Title: By Way of Cape Horn
  • Author: Alan Villiers
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 405
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  • Alan Villiers sailed before the mast on the grace Harwar, and in this book he describes the square rigger s nightmare voyage from Australia to Queenstown He tells of the long drawn out run to the Horn, and the mountainous seas which so beat upon the ship that one night the crew stood by on the poop,pumps jammed and decks awash,waiting for the end He tells of how his frieAlan Villiers sailed before the mast on the grace Harwar, and in this book he describes the square rigger s nightmare voyage from Australia to Queenstown He tells of the long drawn out run to the Horn, and the mountainous seas which so beat upon the ship that one night the crew stood by on the poop,pumps jammed and decks awash,waiting for the end He tells of how his friend, Ronnie Walker, was killed at his work how a Finnish boy was swept overboard and the second mate, succumbing to the strain of that passage, lost his reason how the ship was delayed in tropic calm, food supplies exhausted and distress signals of no avail.This is the epic story of courage, endurance and a philosophic acceptance of hardship and danger.

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      • Alan Villiers

        Mr Alan Villiers was an Australian who had won considerable fame for himself as a result of his voyages in sailing ships Mr Villiers preferred the excitement and the danger of small sailing ships to the comfort and the safety of the modern ship.


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    1. I bought my rather tatty copy in a second-hand bookshop, whilst waiting out the time for my car to be serviced. What a find.Villiers and his companion decide to make a film of the rounding of the Horn in the last days of sail (1929). They sign on as crew in Australia for the voyage back to Europe and encounter adverse winds all the way to Cape Horn making for a very long and very arduous trip. What comes across, in spite of their constant misery of hard labour, lack of sleep and wearing inadequa [...]


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