Learning the Ropes: An Apprentice in the Last of the Windjammers :: Eric Newby soon to be presented for sale on the excellent BookLovers of Bath web site!
London: John Murray, 2000, Paperback.
Signed by the author, without dedication, on the half-title page unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium but cursory research suggests it is right. Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps ; Tables;
From the cover: In 1938 Eric Newby, later to become one of the best-loved of English travel writers, signed on as an apprentice in the Finnish four-masted barque Moshulu for a round-the-world voyage to carry grain to Europe from the South Australian wheat belt. It was an extraordinarily bold thing for an 18-year-old from a comfortable English background to do and the toughest imaginable introduction to the sea. Few of the crew spoke English, and apprentice Newby was ordered op the rigging a height of nearly 200 feet above the keel before he had even had time to get out of his best jacket and shoes.
More extraordinarily still, in his…
Very Good. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block.
144 pages. 9½” x 9½”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt you with something from my Sport Sailing catalogue?