Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated 1914-17 Antarctic expedition is one of maritime history’s most incredible survival stories.
The sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, may be the most thoroughly researched and chronicled maritime disaster in history, but we know little about one of the event’s major players — Sir Arthur Henry Rostron, captain of the Carpathia. His ship responded to the Titanic’s distress signal, rescued 700 survivors and took them to New York.
“From the start,” George Michelson Foy writes in Finding North, “staying alive has depended on navigation: the art of figuring out our position and in what direction to travel.”
When news broke that a Mexican fisherman was found alive on a remote island 36 months and 7,000 miles from where he disappeared after a two-day fishing trip, there was rampant skepticism.
It’s hard not to love a sea story that seems too outrageous to be true, and such is the case with Gordon Bennett and the First Yacht Race Across the Atlantic, by Sam Jefferson.
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