There is nothing more dramatic than a well told tale of adventures on the high seas. And the emphasis in this collection is on real life drama, often told by the survivors themselves, or by people close to them.
Adrift: Seventy Six Days Lost at Sea
Six days into his ocean voyage, Steven Callahan's small sailboat sinks beneath his feet. That is the beginning of a fight for his life that will last for seventy six days, as he floats alone on the vast ocean surface in his little life raft. Truly a remarkable story about one man's determination to stay alive, and to never, ever give up.
And the Sea Will Tell
The fascinating true story of murder on the small desolate island of Palmyra, lying in the middle of the Pacific ocean. Two very different couples, both in search of their private tropical paradise, end up on the same island. Soon one of the couples will be victims of a double murder. And the world would never have known, if the sea itself did not tell the tale, years after the fact... Very well written by defense lawyer Vincent Bugliosi, who took the case for one of the suspected murderers. Coincidentally, in his earlier profession working for the prosecutor, he was the man who put Charles Manson behind bars.
A World of My Own
The dramatic account of the first non-stop, single handed voyage around the world.
Against All Odds: Around Alone in the BOC Challenge
Alan Nebauer's account of the 1994/95 single handed race around the world. Counting 27,000 nautical miles, this is the ultimate challenge for the professional sailor.
Beyond Courage: Shipwrecked and Adrift; One Family Fights to Survive
After the sinking of their sailboat in the vast South Pacific ocean, this family struggles to survive on a rubber dinghy.
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Incredible is the word! This is the exceptionally well written account of how the crew from Endurance returned from the Antarctic in a lifeboat after the ship was crushed in the ice.
Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
Our Book of the Month in December 1998, this is one of the greatest survival stories of all time. What began as a journey of exploration became a 20-month battle to stay alive. Extraordinary photographs by ship photographer, Frank Hurley. This book has been selected as No 3 on Amazon.com's Top 10 Travel Books for 1998, and is one of two boating related books on the list. No 4 on the list is "North to the Night, featured below.
Fastnet, Force 10
The definitive account of the greatest disaster in the history of yachting. Also available in paperback.
My Old Man and the Sea: A Father and Son Sail Around Cape Horn
Funny and thought provoking account of a father and son who brave the Southern Seas and round the Cape in a small sailboat they built themselves. Also available in paperback.
North to the Night: A Year in the Arctic Ice
After the evacuation of his wife, Alwah Simon finds himself alone in the Arctic ice, frozen in with his 36 foot steel cutter. Harrowing adventures, great photographs, and a flair for story telling. This book has been selected as No 4 on Amazon.com's Top 10 Travel Books for 1998, and is one of two boating related books on the list.
Our Last Chance: Sixty-Six Deadly Days Adrift
Having your boat sunk by whales, then drifting about in the middle of the Pacific with the company of sharks - that might give you a whole new perspective on marine life. This book is hard to put down!
Rescue in the Pacific: A True Story of Disaster and Survival in a Force 12 Storm
The crews of nine sailboats enroute from New Zealand to Tonga experience a freak storm. A very dramatic and well written true story. Also available in paperback.
Sailing Alone Around the World
Joshua Slocum set sail in April 1895. Three years and 46,000 miles later, he had become the first man to sail around the world alone. Also available in paperback.
Shackleton's Boat Journey
Another gripping account of one of the most remarkable survival stories ever. Also available in paperback.
Survive the Savage Sea
A classic in the genre of survival stories! This family survived 37 days on the high seas before being rescued, after their sailboat was sunk by killer whales.
The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst
Our all-time favorite! This is the exceptional true story of Donald Crowhurst's attempt to become the first man to circumnavigate the globe non stop. Extremely well researched and written, it is also the story of one of the greatest hoaxes of our time - and its tragic outcome.
The Perfect Storm
The terrifying true story of a ship caught in the middle of the storm of the century - "perfect" in the sense that it could not possibly be worse. Also available in paperback.
Time on Ice: A Winter Voyage to Antarctica
Join a married couple on their three year, 28.000-mile expedition to the Antarctic in a 40 foot sailboat.
Please note that these videos are in NTSC format. This is the system used in the US and Canada. For overseas orders, please make sure that your VCR can show tapes in the NTSC format.
For more exciting videos - Titanic and such! - see the "Shipwrecked" section!
Terrifying thriller starring Sam Neill and Nicole Kidman. Does for cruising what "Jaws" did for a night time dip in the sea.
The Incredible Voyage of Bill Pinkney
The tale of a single handed circumnavigation, narrated by Bill Cosby.
Jeff Bridges starrs in a great movie about a windjammer cruise with adolescents that goes terribly wrong. Based on a true story.
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ãThe Salty Seas Boating Bookshop, 1999