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Voyage for Madmen

Author : Peter Nichols
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Published to coincide with the Golden Globe Race's 50th AnniversaryIt lay like a gauntlet thrown down; to sail around the world alone and non-stop. No one had ever done it, no one knew if it could be done. In 1968, nine men - six Englishmen, two Frenchmen and an Italian - set out to try, a race born of coincidence of their timing. One didn't even know how to sail. They had more in common with Captain Cook or Ferdinand Magellan than with the high-tech, extreme sailors of today, a mere forty years later. It was not the sea or the weather that determined the nature of their voyages but the men they were, and they were as different from one another as Scott from Amundsen. Only one of the nine crossed the finishing line after ten months at sea. The rest encountered despair, sublimity, madness and even death.

A Voyage For Madmen

Author : Peter Nichols
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It lay like a gauntlet thrown down; to sail around the world alone and non-stop. No one had ever done it, no one knew if it could be done. In 1968, nine men - six Englishmen, two Frenchmen and an Italian - set out to try, a race born of coincidence of their timing. One didn't even know how to sail. They had more in common with Captain Cook or Ferdinand Magellan than with the high-tech, extreme sailors of today, a mere forty years later. It was not the sea or the weather that determined the nature of their voyages but the men they were, and they were as different from one another as Scott from Amundsen. Only one of the nine crossed the finishing line after ten months at sea. The rest encountered despair, sublimity, madness and even death.

Final Voyage

Author : Peter Nichols
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In 1871, an entire fleet of whaling ships was caught in an Arctic ice storm and destroyed. Though few lives were lost, the damage would forever shape one of America's most distinctive commodities: oil.

Der Schild Europas

Author : Ernle Dusgate Selby Bradford
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Extreme

Author : Emma Barrett
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Why do some people risk their lives regularly by placing themselves in extreme and challenging situations? For some, such as astronauts, the extreme environments are part of the job. For others, they involve the thrill and competition of extreme sports, or the achievement of goals such as being the first to reach the South Pole or climb Everest. Whether for sport or employment, all these people have made the personal choice to put themselves in environments in which there is significant risk. What drives such people? And what skills and personality traits enable the best to succeed? What abilities are shared by the successful mountaineer, astronaut, caver, or long-distance solo sailer? And are there lessons the rest of us can learn from them? The psychology of those who have to cope with extreme conditions has been a matter of much research. It is important, for example to those planning manned space programmes or the makeup of teams who will spend months in an isolated or hostile environment such as Antarctica, to understand the psychological pressures involved, and to recognize those best equipped to handle them. In Extreme, Emma Barrett and Paul Martin explore the challenges that people in extreme environments face, including pain, physical hardship, loneliness, and friction between individuals, and the approaches taken to overcome them. Using many fascinating examples and personal accounts, they argue that we can all benefit from the insights gained.

True Spirit

Author : Jessica Watson
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The story of a remarkable girl who followed her dream and conquered the world. On 15 May 2010, after 210 days at sea and 24,285 nautical miles, 16-year-old Jessica Watson sailed her yacht, Ella's Pink Lady, triumphantly back into Sydney Harbour. She had become the youngest person to sail solo, unassisted and non-stop around the world. Told in Jessica's own words, this fully updated edition of True Spirit shares with the reader her childhood, her inspiration, her years of planning and what has happened since she conquered the Everest of sailing. It is an inspiring story, one that ultimately proves that we all have the power to live our dreams – no matter how small or big they are.

Sea Change

Author : Peter Nichols
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New York Times best-selling author Peter Nichols chronicles his and his wife's voyage aboard a wooden sailboat from the Caribbean to England - where his marriage foundered - and his trip back alone, which also became a journey of self-discovery.

A Voyage to East India

Author : Edward Terry
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A Voyage to North America

Author : Pierre-François-Xavier de Charlevoix
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Journal of a Voyage to North America In a series of letters to the Duchess of Lesdiguieres etc A translation of the Journal d un voyage dans l Am rique Septentrionnale

Author : Pierre François Xavier de CHARLEVOIX
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Letters to the Dutchess of Lesdiguieres Giving an Account of a Voyage to Canada

Author : Pierre-Francois-Xavier Charlevoix
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A Voyage Round the World

Author : William Henry Giles Kingston
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A Voyage into the Levant

Author : Joseph Pitton de Tournefort
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Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656-1708) was originally destined for the church, but his interest in botany led him to become professor of botany at the Jardin des plantes in Paris, and to travel all over Europe and beyond in search of interesting specimens. He was chiefly interested in the classification of plants, but is now best remembered for the accounts he wrote of voyages undertaken for the purpose of scientific discovery. This illustrated two-volume work, published posthumously in French in 1717 and translated into English the following year, recounts a journey begun in 1700, around the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea, visiting Crete and other Greek islands, Istanbul, Armenia and Georgia. Tournefort notes not only plants, but geographical features, antiquities, the people he encounters, and their way of life, agriculture and industry. Volume 1 begins with a biography of Tournefort, and ends with an account of Constantinople.

Narrative of a Voyage Round the World

Author : Jacques Arago
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Founded in 1666, the French Académie des Sciences was a prominent and prestigious organisation behind numerous scientific advances in Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In 1817, commissioned by the Académie, Louis de Freycinet (1779-1841) embarked on a three-year expedition with the main purpose of investigating terrestrial magnetism and taking a series of pendulum measurements. In the course of this voyage around the world, the scientists aboard the Uranie also collected an abundance of samples and made significant observations in the fields of geography, ethnology, astronomy, hydrography and meteorology. The progress of this journey was detailed by Jacques Arago (1790-1855), draughtsman on the expedition, in the form of letters to a friend. This illustrated narrative is prefaced by a report to the Académie which summarises the mission's findings. Translated into English and published in 1823, this work is an informative and often witty account, reflecting contemporary ambitions in science and exploration.

The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon

Author : Henry Fielding
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Narrative of a Voyage to Senegal in 1816

Author : Jean Baptiste Henri Savigny
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Comprising an Account of the Shipwreck of the Medusa, the Sufferings of the Crew, and the Various Occurrences on Board the Raft, in the Desert of Zaara, at St. Louis Ans at the Camp of Daccard: To Which Are Subjoined Observations Respecting the Agriculture of the Western Coast of Africa, from Cape Blanco to the Mouth of the Gambia: by J. B. Henry Savingny, and Alexander Correard; Illustrated with the Notes of M. Bredif, and Embellished with a Plan of the Raft, and a Portrait of King Zaide

A voyage round the world Vol 3 tr by A and H Stephenson

Author : Ludovic Beauvoir (marq. de.)
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A Voyage to China Including a Visit to the Bombay Presidency the Mahratta Country the Cave Temples of Western India Singapore the Straits of Malacca and Sunda and the Cape of Good Hope

Author : Julius BERNCASTLE
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Narrative of a Voyage Round the World in the Uranie and Physicienne Corvettes Commanded by Captain Freycinet During the Years 1817 1818 1819 and 1820

Author : Jacques Arago
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The dead cities of the Zuyder zee a voyage to the picturesque side of Holland from the Fr by A Wood

Author : Henry Havard
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