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Flying Cloud

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  52 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Flying Cloud is the riveting and thoroughly researched tale of a truly unforgettable sea voyage during the days of the California gold rush. In 1851, navigator Eleanor Creesy set sail on the maiden voyage of the clipper ship Flying Cloud, traveling from New York to San Francisco in only 89 days. This swift passage set a world record that went unbroken for more than a centu ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2000)
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G.L. Tysk
Let me start off by saying I really wanted to like this book. As with pretty much everyone I know, I love the beauty of the clipper ships, the crazy records they set, and the history of their captains and builders. So when I started this book, I thought I would absolutely be enthralled by the Creesys' story, especially in an era when very few navigators were women. What killed this book for me was the fabricated dialogue and minute details crammed in between bits of historical fact. I'm not sure ...more
EA Harwik
Jan 21, 2014 EA Harwik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1900 aged 85 Eleanor Creesy of Salem MA passed away. She had no children and survived her husband by 29 years. Not once during her life was she permitted vote nor was she ever granted any rights to the entitlement modern women take for granted. 19th century America society deemed Eleanor Creesy someone's daughter, someone's husband or someone's widow. Yet Eleanor Creesy was one of a handful of women who quietly ploughed the fields in which women rights were seeded.

Most people leave school wit
Tony Taylor
Apr 23, 2013 Tony Taylor rated it it was amazing
A delightful real-life story about a piece of history that was most likely well known by every school child of the 19th century: the story about the clipper ship "Flying Cloud. When "Flying Cloud" was launched in Boston in early 1851, she was the largest of a new class of clipper ships ever built, and before the year was over she became the fastest ship on the seas. Under the command of a superb captain along with his wife, the ship's navigator, the "Flying Cloud" sailed on her maiden voyage fro ...more
An excellent read that accomplishes very well its goal of describing the thrill, danger, and fear of such a long ocean voyage as well as the excitement of doing it in record time. The story of the lifelong partnership of the captain-husband and his navigator-wife is compelling and well done.

My only quibble with the book is more a failing on my part and that is, perhaps because the author is a sailor, some of the narrative gets very jargon-y. I'm sure he's using all the correct language, but it l
Jon Brady
If you are interested in nautical history this book gives great insights into sailing ships and the people who sailed them.
Stu Art
Jan 15, 2016 Stu Art rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully written book, with many detailed accounts of sailing technique!
Oct 24, 2008 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The authors style is a little ponderous so it took me awhile to get into this book. I almost didn't continue but am glad I did. It is a very well researched account of the record breaking maiden voyage of the Flying Cloud. The story is centered around the Captain's wife and Navigator and is well worth the read.
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