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The Venturesome Voyages of Captain Voss

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  • The Venturesome Voyages of Captain Voss
Gyan Books
0.30 KGS

 Product Description

Gyan Books in India reproduce many books now out of print with an expired copyright. This saves the trouble of looking for a used copy sometimes at a high price.

Printed 1905 approx

A true Canadian. This fully illustrated, exciting book chronicles the travels of Canadian sailor Captain John ("Jack") Voss as he sailed around the world in a modified dugout canoe, between the years 1901 and 1904.

John (sometimes "Jack") Claus Voss (born Johannes Claus Voss; 1858–1922) was a German-Canadian sailor best known for sailing around the world in a modified dug-out canoe he named Tilikum ("Friend" in Chinook jargon). Initially a carpenter, Voss apprenticed on a ship voyaging around Cape Horn and thereafter lived primarily as a sailor. In 1901 Voss began his most noteworthy voyage with his friend Norman Luxton and ending alone in 1904. He chronicled this and other notable voyages in The Venturesome Voyages of Captain Voss


The story of three voyages by JC Voss, (approx 1854-1922).
Firstly a voyage in a small boat from Victoria (Canada) to Cocos Island (Costa Rica), then his epic around-the-world trip in a modified Indian canoe (from Vancouver Island), sailing from Victoria to the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil to the UK. This trip is nothing short of amazing, in such a small craft, and under incredible circumstances.
The third voyage is from Japan, and involves surviving (but only just) a typhoon.
This guy is incredible

Captain Voss was an early and enthusiastic exponent of the use of sea anchors, particularly for small boats on very big voyages. This book contains several of these ground-breaking small boat voyages, narrated with panache and an eye not only for weather and sail trimming detail, but some acute observations of humanity in his descriptions of crew under pressure.
Written at the very start of the 20th Century, the book reveals aspects of the world that are now so utterly different- as are his very Euro-centric views about the peoples of the places he visited, but he was a generous man very much of his time.


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