The Cape Horn Breed

The Cape Horn Breed

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The Cape Horn Breed

The Cape Horn Breed

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Product No:
Capt W. Jones
Edition Date:
March 1999
151 x 221 x 21 mm
400 g
Sales Rank:
3179 (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Captain William Herbert Sidney Jones was born in England in 1889. He went to sea as an apprentice in 1906 at the age of 15, on the full-rigged ship British Isles where he served for almost 4 years. After leaving the British Isles in May 1909 at the completion of his apprenticeship, Captain Jones served on the three masted Barque Caithness-Shire, and subsequently moved on to other vessels.

The Cape Horn Breed is a gripping account of William Jones's life as a 15 year old apprentice on the ship British Isles, he kept a pencilled diary in which recorded these voyages. From the thrilling exhilaration of 'bowling across from 8 at 10 knots before the North East Trade', to the terror and numbing cold of 71 days rounding Cape Horn from the east to west in winter. A nightmare voyage in which four men died but the British Isles survived.

Life, in those last years of the great sailing ships, was nasty, poor, brutish and short for seamen: in a vain attempt to compete with the steam ships sailing crews were reduced to minimum, pay was scandalously low, conditions and food were both dangerous and vile. This is no romantic sentimental picture, but a story of endurance, skill and great courage.

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