Re: Off Watch Reading
Jack Durish (email@example.com)
Fri Apr 03 15:44:07 1998
Heyerdahl's Kon-tiki has been largely discredited and I would take it
off my list.
But, there's plenty to add in its place.
First, without parallel, Men Against the Sea by Charles Nordhoff and
James Norman Hall - "Never, perhaps, in the history of the sea has a
captain performed a feat more remarkable than Mr. Bligh's, in navigating
a small, open and unarmed boat - but twenty-three feet long, and so
heavily laden that she was in constant danger of foundering - from the
Friendly Islands to Timor. Eighteen of us were huddled on the thwarts as
we ran before strong easterly gales, bailing almost continuously to keep
afloat, and exposed to torrential rains by day and by night. Yet, save
for John Norton - murdered by savages at Tofoa - we reached Timor (3,600
miles) without the loss of a man"
This book is great to keep on board as it can be read in a weekend (157
pages) in paperback. I've read it countless times.
Also, I would recommend the complete series by Patrick O'Brien.
There are many more, but let me close with a reminder that Forester
wrote more than the Hornblower series. Look up The Good Shepherd - a
World War two story of a destroyer escort in the North Atlantic.
SSS 935 - Buccaneer
Orange County, California
> Friends and shipmates
> About once a year our Ship runs a list of a dozen or so off-watch reading
> recommendations in our Ship's newsletter. The recommendations are books on
> seafaring subjects which are particularly representative of either the self-
> reliance, improvisational skill, sense of adventure, social vision, or
> strength of character traditionally associated with Sea Scouting throughout
> the world. Moreover they give a broader view of seafaring and a greater sense
> of the magnitude of the undertaking. Here's our list - I would welcome
> additions or subtractions:
> Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
> Forester, The Hornblower Series
> Heyerdahl, Kon-tiki
> Kipling, Captains Courageous
> Lansing, Endurance
> Mowat, The Serpent's Coil
> Nordhoff & Hall, Men Against the Sea
> Severin, The Brendan Voyage or The China Voyage
> Stevenson, Treasure Island
> Verne, Twenty Thousand League Under the Sea or Mysterious Island
> Surprisingly many of the more famous titles on this list are not on school
> required reading lists any more. Lately I have Sea Scouts recommending The
> Perfect Storm right back at me.
> Got any gems we should know about?
> Roger Crossland
> Sea Scout Ship 101 Viking
> Stratford, Connecticut