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SAWDOC
21-08-09, 22:02
Wonderful book wonderful sailor telling a great tale which I am sure most of us have enjoyed but can anyone really believe the episode where, at anchor near Tierra Del Fuego, he spreads tacks on deck to deter intruders and awakens to the sound of indians hopping around the deck of Spray in startled pain? I suspect that yarn became embellished on the many lectures he gave fundraising along his route. Any other would-be minor sceptics out there?

Wansworth
22-08-09, 17:16
eminently brilliant idea especially in the light of pirates in caribeean anchourages,well thugs probably!

trevor3july
22-08-09, 17:42
Sailing alone across the Atlantic (a pensioner's tale) amazing read.

Although I would say that as I wrote it. Been a seafarer for over 50 years.
see www.sailingalone.co.uk
Trevor Wilson

kristifercolumnbus
26-08-09, 11:14
Wonderful book wonderful sailor telling a great tale which I am sure most of us have enjoyed but can anyone really believe the episode where, at anchor near Tierra Del Fuego, he spreads tacks on deck to deter intruders and awakens to the sound of indians hopping around the deck of Spray in startled pain? I suspect that yarn became embellished on the many lectures he gave fundraising along his route. Any other would-be minor sceptics out there?

Not me sounds highly plausible to me.Did'nt he also fire up through the decks with a rifle?
There is one bit that absolutely cracks me up & mentioning this again I think it's time I read it again .....for the umpteenth time:)

jimmynoboat
25-09-09, 19:27
I belive it! but more than that I loved the way he wrote about it, something along the lines of ... 'A man cannot step on a tack without saying something about it' ... priceless.

vuldustu
28-09-09, 02:18
I belive it! but more than that I loved the way he wrote about it, something along the lines of ... 'A man cannot step on a tack without saying something about it' ... priceless.

Glad to hear you're using this: I plan to keep it much more aggressively up-to-date than has been the case in the past, but don't hesitate to let me know if you find errors or need clarifications.:confused:

Ehbendisdonc
06-10-09, 21:58
I've never doubted the thumb tacks episode.
It's the 'pilot of the Pinta' episode that stretches my belief a little. All the same, I think I might have seen the same fella off Loop Head a few times.

I love this book. It's so witty and entertaining, I have to keep reminding myself it was written over 100 years ago.

I especially love his description of his father:
"He was a good judge of a boat, but the old clay farm which some calamity made his
was an anchor to him."

Time for a re-read ...

parsifal
07-10-09, 07:29
I have been listening to a reading of it in the car which I got from:

http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/book.jsp?id=408

It makes a dreary road journey more bearable

Ehbendisdonc
17-01-10, 08:27
Parsifal,
Thanks for the audiobook link. This kept me entertained on some nice long walks over Christmas.

Mike2309
09-12-11, 09:14
I have been listening to a reading of it in the car which I got from:

http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/book.jsp?id=408

It makes a dreary road journey more bearable


Free ?! when I followed this link I ended up being offered just a 1 month free trial. Thereafter it's 7.99 a month (for 1 book )?