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.

The Dead Of Night (Tomorrow, Book 2)

The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, Book 1)

On Island Time: Kayaking the Caribbean

Sunken Pyramid (Rogue Angel, Book 45)

God's Middle Finger: Into the Lawless Heart of the Sierra Madre

The Mongoliad: Book One (The Foreworld Saga, Book 1) (Deluxe Collector’s Edition)














Sea he ran into hurricane-force winds, but even they could not do what the Saudi Arabians did when he stopped at Rabigh to change his rudder after damaging his original one on a coral head. They stopped him, confiscated his boat, and then threw him into prison for spying. They claimed he was transporting a bomb into the country. Nine days of futile protests ensued, but ultimately Chiles was deported and his boat held as evidence. Legal wrangling for nearly a year did nothing to move the Saudis,

triangular sails, had no bowsprit, but had a hatch and a cockpit, as in Johnson’s boat. It was thirty inches deep and drew thirteen inches when loaded. The New Bedford differed from Johnson’s boat in two important ways: it was a true double-ender (the Centennial had a small V-shaped transom like a dory) and it was basically a clinker-built whaleboat, making it stronger than Johnson’s dory. Crapo was afraid of whales, having observed their power at the beginning of his maritime career, so he

He found an ancient Indian log canoe lying unused on the east coast of Vancouver Island near an Indian village. The canoe, made from the single trunk of a red cedar tree, looked pretty solid despite its age. When its owner, an old Siwash Indian, sauntered up, Voss offered him some rye in a flask. The lubrication aided negotiations, and soon Voss owned the boat. According to Voss, for good measure the Indian also gave him the skull of his father, who had built the canoe fifty years earlier. To

mirthful Captain Romer in the cockpit with a double-bladed paddle in hand. Certainly Johann Klepper was trying to emphasize that this was a kayak that would make the voyage, but in reality it was ketch rigged and would be sailed, using sails Romer could handle from his cockpit. He would have to. Standing or moving around the boat was strictly forbidden. It was a kayak, after all, and, unlike Andrews’s Sapolio folder, had only fabric decks. A pedal-controlled shoal-draft rudder was used for

go. It was a bitter blow, especially since the meal aboard Arakaka had restored his normal appetite, and now he could think of nothing but three-course table meals. Twelve more days of suffering followed until December 23, when he arrived at Barbados, sixty-five days after leaving Las Palmas. The British governor of the island, a former prisoner of the Japanese, knew something about physical privation and lavished every courtesy on the doctor. The world was not so kind. Though many accepted

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