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Abstract: Sailing Ships MOTHER SEA, by Elis Karlsson. Oxford University Press, New York, 1964. 264 pages. $4.80. This is an excellent, well written book by one of the few remaining sea captains alive today who was brought up in the old sailing ships. Another is Alan Villiers, who is well known and wrote the introduction fro this volume. There have been many books written about the last of the big Cape Horn sailing ships which sailed from the small Finnish port of Mariehamn, in the Aland Islands, but this book is different. Elis Karlsson is an Aland Islander of the true school, who stared at sea in small Baltic ships as a lad, graduated from there to deep water and the big square riggers. He served int eh famous Herzogin Cecilie as able seaman and mate. He was mate in that fine ship when she drifted up on Bolt Head and was lost. He was mate of the big barque Penang, a vessel noted as hard on her officers. He was in steam, too, for a while, and was mate of the North Sea steamer Bodia when a gel flung her on the coast of Norway. He was not a dogwatch in these ships: he was in them for years, voyage after voyage
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 11, Number 2
Pages: 167 - 168
Cite this article: -,, "REVIEWS OF RECENT BOOKS", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 11, No. 2, Summer 1964, pp. 167-168.
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