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Old 25-09-2006, 08:51   #1
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2 Good Maritime Hist Books

Just finished reading Tony Horowitz's "Blue Latitudes". He basically retraces Capt Cooks three voyages as well as his home and upbringing. He has a buddy from Australia who travels with him who is absolutely hilarious. It's not all sailing as he does flyto a number of Cooks destinations but it really does not detract from the book. It's a good "then vs now" point of view as well.
I'm reading "Sea of Glory" by Nathaniel Philbrick right now. It's about the U.S.'s Southern Seas Exploring Expedition from 1838-1842. It's a pretty enlightening look at a voyage few Americans know anything about. Much of it concentrates on the Captain's troubles with his officers as well as how the Navy was dead set against providing any support. A good read with much on the issues of sailing within the Antarctic Circle.
This concludes my book report
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I certainly concur on Blue Latitudes; it was my “book of the year” a couple of years ago. I read a few of the books from his bibliography as well including Mister Bligh’s Bad Language, which was my “worst book of the year” last year.
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Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea. by Gary Kinder. About the SS Central America, a side-wheel steamer with 600 passengers that sank in the gulf stream in 1857.

Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson. The true adventure of two Americans who risked everything to solve one of the last mysteries of World War II.

Two page turners that are among my all-time favorites.

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