Near Death on the High Seas

Near Death on the High Seas

True Stories of Disaster and Survival

Book - 2008
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"The wind was blowing at hurricane strength-sixty-five knots and over-and increasing in the gusts to eighty knots. His boat was surfing on waves as high as a sixty-foot, six-storey building. . .Each wave that struck choked and froze him, the icy water working its way down inside his survival suit." --from Close to the Wind by Pete Goss

In Near Death on the High Seas , Cecil Kuhne collects some of the most terrifying and astounding experiences of sailors confronting the awesome, raw power of the sea. These tales-filled with everyday heroes and survivors-comprise a riveting and often breathtaking collection of extraordinary stories that show the terrible ferocity of the untamable ocean.

Also featuring:

• Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki - the historic and celebrated journey of the Kon-Tiki as it journeys across the Pacific.
• Steve Callahan's Adrift - a solo sailor loses his boat in the Atlantic must survive in a five-foot life raft for 76 days, fighting off sharks with a makeshift spear.
• Francis Chischester's 'Gipsy Moth' Circles The World -the stirring story of a one man's solo sail around the globe at age 65.
• John Rousmaniere's Fastnet, Force 10 -in one of the worst sailing tragedies in history, a massive rescue operation takes place amidst sixty-knot winds and forty-foot breaker waves.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2008.
ISBN: 9780307279347
0307279340
Branch Call Number: 910.452 NEAR DEA
Characteristics: xiii, 433 pages ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kuhne, Cecil 1952-

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