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Any pagan would have good reason to pray after seeing those seas. But this is no place to be praying, there is still too much work to do.”

— Endless Sea: Alone Around Antarctica

Any pagan would have good reason to pray after seeing those seas. But this is no place to be praying, there is still too much work to do.”

— Endless Sea: Alone Around Antarctica

The guts to brave harrowing conditions

The cold is no stranger to Brazilian sailor Amyr Klink. His new book, “EndlessSea: Alone Around Antarctica — as Far South as a Boat Can Sail” ($19.95, Sheridan House Inc., 2008) details his adventure, or what he calls the “organizational challenges,” of sailing solo around Antarctica along the Antarctic Convergence in his custom-built 50-foot aluminum sailboat, Paratii.

A hero in South America, this is the first English printing of Klink’s tale. He explains how he relied on methodical planning, technology and guts to achieve his goal, while describing the challenges of being one’s own crew, cook and captain. Klink writes with self-deprecating humor and delves into his roles beyond sailing as a family man. Klink also is a national soccer star in Brazil and has been a lifelong sailor. This is his sixth book. For information,


On the hook

Angler John Gierach has reeled in a new school of fish tales, “Fool’s Paradise” ($24, Simon and Schuster, 2008), a potluck of observations on fishing, nature, travel and life. His first new book in three years, Gierach spans the globe describing his “reel” experiences in Alaska, British Columbia and Newfoundland. Longtime fans will be pleased at the familiar conversational style of writing, and newcomers will find his tales, complete with illustrations, instantly captivating.

Gierach, a resident of Colorado, is never happier than when he has a fish in his hands. The author of the books “Standing in a River Waving a Stick” and “Dances with Trout”, Gierach is also a regular columnist for Fly Rod & Reel, The Longmont (Colo.) Daily Times-Call and The Redstone Review. For information visit .

A hunt for long-lost gold is renewed

Robert Apuzzo, author of “The Endless Search for the HMS Hussar” ($24.95, R&L Publishing, 2008) digs into the history of the treasure chest-laden British frigate shipwreck in New York’s East River in 1780.

Apuzzo has recovered some lost or unknown materials about the wreck, attempting to fill in the gaps time has left behind. What is known is that the ship, carrying 14 chests of gold and silver, was swept onto Pot Rock in New York’s East River, and then drifted to the shoreline of the Bronx in the fall of 1780. Apuzzo’s research is fleshed out with 50 reference articles that detail the many attempts people have made to find the treasure.

Apuzzo is a lifelong resident of BronxCounty and is an amateur archaeologist, with interests in maritime history, shipwrecks, and treasure hunting. This is his third book. For information, call (718) 292-8589.

Preservation butts head with a livelihood

New England’s historic groundfishery has been the backdrop to an ongoing debate on the cantankerous relationship between the scientists who determine how many fish can be caught and the fishermen trying to make a profit. In “Sharing the Ocean” by Michael Crocker ($20, Tilbury House Publishers, 2008), the author discusses how well-meaning government agencies and environmentalists have exacerbated the problem and why the fishing community must play an active role in determining a solution.

With lush photography by National Geographic photographer Rebecca Hale, this book also contains testimony from various professional branches on how the crisis has affected them and what must be done.

Crocker wrote about commercial fisheries research for five years as communications director for Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and is a frequent political consultant on fisheries issues. For information, visit .

Seaport town thrived, reinvented itself

Regardless of one’s home port, Mystic, Conn., remains a perpetual draw to mariners and maritime history buffs.

Leigh Fought tells the story of how the now-quaint coastal town was formed in “A History of Mystic, Connecticut: from PequotVillage to TouristTown” ($21.99, History Press, 2008).

The book delves into Mystic’s violent beginnings as a result of the Pequot War, and how the sleepy farming village soon became a central hub for shipbuilding during the War of 1812. When the Civil War, steam-powered ships and decline of commercial whaling slowed down the shipbuilding industry, the town resurrected itself as a nautical-themed tourist destination that today is one of the major attractions in the state.

Fought is a former Mystic Seaport librarian and associate editor of the Frederick Douglass Papers. This is her second book. For information, visit .