By Jim Carrier
"Utterly compulsive and unputdownable--the most enjoyable, real, and humanly relocating of the entire fresh typhoon books. Brilliantly paced and completely balanced. . . . service is a marvelously reliable narrator. . . . a good book."--Jonathan Raban, writer of Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings and undesirable Land: An American Romance "A remarkable tale. a very well-written account of the occasions as I knew them. I commend Jim provider for a powerful job."--Jerry D. Jarrell, Director, nationwide storm middle In October 1998, the majestic schooner Fantome got here face-to-face with probably the most savage storms in Atlantic heritage. The final days of the Fantome are reconstructed in shiny and heartbreaking aspect via Jim Carrier's broad learn and hundreds and hundreds of private interviews. What emerges is a narrative of braveness, hubris, the affliction of command, the burden of lives as opposed to wealth, and the advances of technological know-how as opposed to the poor energy and unpredictability of nature. (20001015)
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I couldn’t get a cruising permit to take her out under her own power. So I had her towed away from the shore, out of sight. Then I took her to Skagen, Denmark. I heard they had cheaper labor than in Germany. I got her rerigged, her masts straightened. Quite a feat. Just a handful of men. No money. Everything was done piecemeal. ” “Life” for Mike Burke was a relative term, according to Terry Bewley, a British captain working with Burke’s nascent ﬂeet who was ordered to sail her to Spain for remodeling.
I got a couple of men—I couldn’t afford to pay. I couldn’t get a cruising permit to take her out under her own power. So I had her towed away from the shore, out of sight. Then I took her to Skagen, Denmark. I heard they had cheaper labor than in Germany. I got her rerigged, her masts straightened. Quite a feat. Just a handful of men. No money. Everything was done piecemeal. ” “Life” for Mike Burke was a relative term, according to Terry Bewley, a British captain working with Burke’s nascent ﬂeet who was ordered to sail her to Spain for remodeling.
A typical hurricane track through the eastern Caribbean often threatened two or three Windjammer ships as it moved north. The company’s ships ran north from Hurricane Marilyn in 1995 and south from Hurricane Georges in September 1998. Running and hiding was Windjammer’s standard hurricane strategy, one that had always worked. 20 The Ship and the Storm The Gulf of Honduras is another story. The map of historic hurricane tracks shows a mere scribble—one storm, on average, every ten years— crossing near the Bay Islands.