Winner of the Mountbatten Maritime Award.
When Australian journalist Alan Villiers sailed on the last of the giant merchant windjammers in the 1920s and ’30s, his writings and photographs made him famous. Villiers crewed on magnificent Herzogin Cecilie and tragic Grace Harwar, took tiny Joseph Conrad around the globe, sailed on Arabian dhows, led wartime landing craft, captained Mayflower II across the Atlantic, and inspired modern sail training and ship restoration projects.
Villiers wrote widely about his exploits, but there was much he tried to hide about himself. Drawn from his personal diaries, this award-winning biography of the author-adventurer reveals both his mythmaking and his achievements. The book is a tribute to the greatest sailing ships ever launched—and to the extraordinary man who loved them.
Second edition, revised and with over 100 photographs.