Book List

rothwell_neil 9:44pm, 6 December 2010
In case anyone is interested I have bought all these books this year off ebay second hand for 1p plus £2.75 P&P with the exception of Will Garnier's book and Alan Villiers Sons of Sinbad (worth paying full wack for).

Most are about sailing small boats and they are all worth a read, some of the older ones are just excellent as the authors were clearly mad. The Cruise of the Kate and The cruise of the Amaryllis were both written by nutters, Kate was a 23ft boat sailed or skulled round Britain. The Amaryllis has to be read just to enjoy the zenophobia of G.H.P. Muhlhauser as he cruises the world.

Taste for Sailing, John N C Lewis
Cruise of the "Conrad", Alan Villier
By Way of Cape Horn. Alan John Villier
Set of the Sails, Alan Villier
Sons of Sinbad (living on an Arab Dhow), John Villier
Sailing All Seas In The "Idle Hour", Dwight Long
The Cruise of the "Teddy" Erling Tambs, Arthur Ransom
Trekka Round the World. John Guzzwell
Single-handed Sailing Frank Mulville
Where the Ocean Meets the Sky: Solo into the Unknown, Crispin Latymer
The Sea Was Our Village, Miles Smeeton
The Cruise of the "Kate",E.E. Middleton
Red Sky in Mourning: The True Story of a Woman's Courage and Survival at Sea. Tami Oldham Ashcraft, Susea McGearhar
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. Alfred Lansin
Survive the Savage Sea, Dougal Robertson
MingMing Art of Minimal Sailing Roger D Taylor
Rough Passage and the Adventure of the Faeroe Islands, R. D. Graham, M. Helen Graham
Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World's Dangerous Waters. Derek Lundy
The ship would not travel due west, David Lewis
My Old Man and the Sea: A Father and Son Sail around Cape Horn. David Hays, Daniel Hay
The Cruise of the "Amaryllis", G.H.P. Muhlhauser
The Fight of the Fire-Crest. Alain Gerbault
Sopranino. Patrick Ellam, Colin Mudie
The Last Man Across the Atlantic, Paul Heiney
Amulet: A Charm Restored and Sailed to the Western Isles. Bob Orrel
The Art of Coarse Sailing. Michael Green, John Jensen
Rough Passage: A Life of Adventure. Tom McLean
Big Bloke, Small Boat: Voyage of a Madman? William Garnier
The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service. Erskine Childers (Novel)
Three Ways to Capsize a Boat: An Optimist Afloat. Chris Stewart
Captain Jan: A story of ocean tugboats, Jan de Hartog (Semi Autobiographical novel)
The Captain, Jan de Hartog (novel)
Vidwatts Posted 10 years ago. Edited by Vidwatts (member) 10 years ago
Great list - thanks. I've read several of these but many are new to me and I'm always on the lookout for good sailing yarns.

Some others I've read this year which are in addition to your list (some may be well-known):

Two Years Before The Mast: R.F. Dana
We, The Drowned: Carsten Jensen
We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea: Arthur Ransome
Sailing Just For Fun: A.C.Stock
Voyages of a Simple Sailor: R D Taylor
Treasure Island: Robert Louis Stevenson
Nostromo, A Tale of the Sea: Jospeh Conrad
Typhoon: Joseph Conrad
Amrum 9171Y 10 years ago
Yes, both excellent lists, and i've read a few of them in recent years, and it'll give me ideas for the future.
This year I've read, sometimes for the second time -
Sailing boats - Uffa Fox
Heavy Weather Sailing - Adlard Coles (my Dad is mentioned on p120 of the edition I read - frightening book in parts!)
Wight Hazards and Solent hazards - Peter Bruce (great prep for the RTIOW)
Capsize - Bill King
Wreck and rescue round the Cornish Coast - Cyrill Noall and Grahame Farr
Over the top - Adrian Flanagan (brilliant book about vertical circumnavigation in 2007/8)
Lugworm Homeward Bound - Ken Duxbury (one of a series of books about sailing Drascombe luggers - this one from Greece to UK in 1972. All are wonderful reading)
Magic of the Swatchways (and others) - Maurice Griffiths (has made my trips to the East Coast even more enjoyable).
busy home [deleted] 10 years ago
Very highly recommended... Left for Dead ... story around the 79 fastnet
and Deep Water Crowhurst,,, Sold as a pair via Amazion.
NormanKlipspringer 10 years ago
Unless anyone objects I will put these lists together and put it on the main site for future reference. I would not like it to get lost. Thanks to all.
Skykomish E29 10 years ago
I fully agree with you Ron Got my copy signed by Nick Ward Who was a really nice guy I met at the boat show and said that if he would give any advice it would always be to wear a lifeline as it was that which saved him.
I would add
A Voyage for madmen ( recounts the Golden Globe Race of 1968)
A World of My Own (Robin Knox Johnston's account of the race)
This Old Boat by Don Casey for general restoration and repair work on a boat.
Fatal Storm (the 1998 Sydney to Hobart disaster)
Amrum 9171Y 9 years ago
Just read Last Voyage by Ann Davison - what a story! The description of the end of the voyage off Portland Bill was one of the most harrowing sailing stories I've ever read.
She then went on to become the first woman to sail single handed across the Atlantic in the early 50s, which is described in My Ship is so Small. I'll have to get that now, as Last Voyage was a very well written account by a remarkable woman.
I've also just read a book on Severn Sailing Trows and Coasters by a guy called Edmund Eglinton. I always wondered how they managed to sail up and down rivers and into harbours with no engines and often against the wind, and I now know. The author went to sea in sailing trows in 1915, and wrote the book when he was 80. For anyone who sails the Bristol Channel and particularly the top end it is a fascinating description of a vanished age. It was recommended to me by the harbour master at Lydney, and I found it for about £3 on Amazon.
He also describes the river hobblers, people who used to make a living on the Severn, Usk and Wye fishing for salmon and elvers, loading and unloading boats, etc, and I found a very entertaining book by a man called Butt called the River Hobblers Apprentice. Another piece of history which would I would not have known about without the book. Thank goodness some of these people write down their memories before they pass on.
rothwell_neil Posted 9 years ago. Edited by rothwell_neil (member) 9 years ago
This years reading (all off Amazon second hand).
Atlantic Venture John Groser
Souwest in Wanderer 4 Hiscock Oxford
The cruise of the Alerte E E Knight
Give me a ship to sail Alan Villiers
Two yachts two voyages Erik Hiscock
Voyaging under sail Erik Hiscock
Sailing out of silence, Peter Hancock
Sailing into Silence, Peter Hancock
Racundras first cruise Arthur Ransome
Down Channel R T McMullen
High Endeavours Miles Clark
Off in a boat Neil Gunn
The long Way round Bernard Montissier
Lugwork Homeward Bound Ken Duxbury
Vidwatts 9 years ago
Having come across Dr Watson's reference to "Clark Russell's fine sea stories" in The Five Orange Pips, I looked them up on Amazon and have downloaded a few to my Kindle. They're supposedly entertaining Victorian adventures and I look forward to reading them.
welkman001 9 years ago
Just read Tamata and the Alliance which is basically Bernard Moisitiers life story. A good read but I think the bloke has gone a bit mad by the time he reaches 50, not much about sailing really, more about life on an atoll.
Red Marlin 9 years ago
Peter Tangvalds "Sea Gipsy"
Libby Purves books are good
Red Marlin 9 years ago
Just been reading "Atom Voyages" by James Baldwin. Not in book form but on his website "". Good site and good stories about sailing in small boats.
Vidwatts 9 years ago
Just read "The Wreck of the Grosvenor" by W. Clark Russell. A cracking piece of high Victorian melodrama, with a martinet of a captain, a mutinous crew, a damsel in distress and a suitable hero. Some fine descriptions of life onboard a square-rigger and extravagent descriptions of gales. Worth a read.
SolvaIII 7 years ago
If you are storm bound in Port St Mary, Isle of Man, we have a lot of these and some other classics in the Sailing Club's book shelf. You could arrange through Fiona to borrow any. We catalogued them a couple of years back. Please return, some would be hard to replace.
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