Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Lone Voyager: The Extraordinary Adventures Of Howard Blackburn Hero Fisherman Of Gloucester” as Want to Read:
Lone Voyager: The Extraordinary Adventures Of Howard Blackburn Hero Fisherman Of Gloucester
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Lone Voyager: The Extraordinary Adventures Of Howard Blackburn Hero Fisherman Of Gloucester

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Like countless Gloucester fishermen before and since, Howard Blackburn and Tom Welch were trawling for halibut on the Newfoundland banks in an open dory in 1883 when a sudden blizzard separated them from their mother ship. Alone on the empty North Atlantic, they battled towering waves and frozen spray to stay afloat. Welch soon succumbed to exposure, and Blackburn did the ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 7th 2000 by Touchstone (first published April 28th 1978)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Lone Voyager, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Lone Voyager

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Kathleen Valentine
Apr 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Though I live in Gloucester and have spent a good many evenings in Howard Blackburn's establishment with his pictures and newspaper articles hanging on the walls, I only recently discovered this book. What a wonderful adventure! The first chapter, which tells the story of the fishing trip during which Blackburn lost his fingers and toes, sets the stage well for the rest of the adventure. And what an adventure it is! Here in Gloucester they talk of the days of "iron men in wooden ships" and Black ...more
Contrarius
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I actually read this several years ago -- not sure how I missed shelving it here this long.

Lone Voyager is an amazing story of survival -- and even thriving -- during and after high seas adventures. That's PLURAL "adventures". Howard Blackburn started out as a simple Gloucester fisherman. Then AFTER LOSING ALL HIS FINGERS from frostbite -- his first survival story -- he became a successful businessman, which helped him to finance his further adventures. He did a lot of solo sailing -- with no fi
...more
James
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I first heard of Howard Blackburn because several friends in my New Bedford rowing clubs have participated in the Blackburn Challenge, a 20-mile race in the Gloucester area. I have not been in any races above 4 miles, but do hope to undertake this one someday.

I had heard snippets of Blackburn's biography, and decided that diving into his biography would be a good way to begin my sabbatical. I had already told my university that while 80 percent of my sabbatical would be devoted to curriculum dev
...more
Ray Savarda
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-and-sold
Decent book about the life of a fisherman who survived losing his fingers and toes to frostbite on a fishing trip who went on to cross the Atlantic twice single-highhandedly, own a saloon for 40 years, and make other solo sailing trips. Quite the overcoming-adversary story!
Daniel Riley
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome
Caroline Sherwin
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
enjoyable read makes you realize what lengths seamen endured - Blackburn was idolized by many & glad I was referred to this book. perfect read for this wintry February
Peter
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nautical
This is a fascinating story of Howard Blackburn, a Gloucester fisherman who lost all of his fingers when his dory set out from the mothership to harpoon a whale—the dory was lost in a snowstorm on the Grand Banks and Blackburn rowed to Nova Scotia, his fingers frozen to the oars. He started a tavern in Gloucester and singlehanded sailboats as small as twelve feet across the Atlantic—with no fingers. The author is the dean of local historians of Boston’s North Shore, particularly of Gloucester, M ...more
MJ
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Variation on a theme...
It was interesting to read the details of a story that has always been familiar to me. Freezing his hands to the oars (trading his fingers for his life) was just the start of his adventures. Interesting to learn about Gloucester's uneven history with temperance too. A 3.5 really with bonus points for local flavor!
Jenny Brown
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Howard Blackburn's story is worth reading, but this book requires that you be very familiar with sailing terminology. If you aren't many of the descriptions read as if written in a foreign language. The story is reconstructed from newspaper accounts and has the tone that late 19th century news accounts tend to have, which leak through the author's narration.
Shawn
Dec 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended by a friend. You should have an interest and knowledge of sailing to better appreciate this book.
William Graney
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
The very interesting life of Howard Blackburn well documented.
Toby
rated it really liked it
Oct 02, 2016
Karen Olive
rated it really liked it
Oct 07, 2017
Nick
rated it really liked it
Jan 03, 2017
Justin Demetri
rated it it was amazing
Jan 21, 2017
Kristen Callahan
rated it it was amazing
Jul 29, 2017
Peter20164
rated it it was amazing
Feb 24, 2012
Bonnie Frogma
rated it really liked it
Aug 06, 2017
Sue
rated it really liked it
Sep 30, 2017
G Wheeler
rated it liked it
Jan 27, 2011
Matthew
rated it liked it
Nov 12, 2008
Doug Briggs
rated it it was amazing
Apr 22, 2016
Wiebke
rated it it was ok
Jan 25, 2014
Julie
rated it liked it
Jul 26, 2014
Barbara
rated it it was amazing
Jan 07, 2015
Squirrel
rated it it was ok
Dec 16, 2014
Liza
rated it really liked it
Sep 01, 2010
Jamie
rated it it was amazing
Feb 24, 2012
Terrance
rated it really liked it
Jan 03, 2015
Scott
rated it really liked it
Aug 10, 2016
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »