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The Last Time Around Cape Horn: The Historic 1949 Voyage of the Windjammer Pamir

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A memorable tale of adventure on the turbulent seas of the Great Southern and Atlantic oceans—on one of the most historic voyages of our time—finds its way into paperback. This is William F. Stark's engrossing memoir of the last leg of the Grain Race, and the Pamir's rounding of fearsome Cape Horn—the storm-tossed tip of South America just 600 miles from Antarctica—the ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 26th 2004 by Basic Books (first published September 23rd 2003)
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Jack
Mar 08, 2012 Jack rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous book! William Stark interrupted his college studies to sail as a seaman on the last of the great four masted square riggers to sail around Cape Horn. The writing is wonderful, the story highly engaging--I couldn't put it down.
Jeanne
May 06, 2014 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Highly recommended for anyone who loves the sea or sailing. I came across this book by chance and got totally caught up in Stark's adventure. I vividly remember approaching Cape Horn some years ago in a small modern cruise ship and circling for hours so that a crew member could tender ashore to get a certificate/memento for the passengers. It was not to happen, as the rough waters and strong winds prohibited any safe passage. I can't begin to imagine what it was like for any sailing vessel to ...more
Heidi
Dec 20, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it
As sometimes happens with memoirs, this is one in which I was totally captivated by the story being told even as I found the narrator somewhat insufferable.

A rare complaint about the paperback edition: my father-in-law gave me this book brand new, and the very first time I read it, pages started falling out of the binding! Cheap, cheap, cheap!
William
Jul 19, 2007 William rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Barker, Johnny O, Dad, Erin, Aimee, Judy
Really good. 1949 story of what, unbeknownst to the Captain and crew, would be the last voyage of the Great Grain racers. Author dropped out of a semester abroad while at Dartmouth and heads to Australia to sail the square riggers. Ends up aboard the Pamir, and describes the voyage home....
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