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Facing the Frozen Ocean

Facing the Frozen Ocean


Bear Grylls
Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Ref: BKS000026

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2004, this is the compelling account of the most recent adventure of the bestselling author of Facing Up.
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Slow Boat from China

Slow Boat from China


Adrian Sparham
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000167

Slow Boat from China is everything one could want out of a sailing narrative. A couple decides to escape from the rat race to the freedom and adventure of a life aboard. Sailing from Hong Kong to Vancouver, B.C. on MOONSHINER, a 37' steel ketch, they encounter colorful natives and awesome landscapes, describing them in great detail.
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Rough Passage

Rough Passage


Commander R.D. Graham (Fwd. Maldwin Drummond)
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000127

Being the narrative of the first single-handed voyage to Newfoundland, Labrador, and Bermuda in the seven ton yacht Emanuel and the subsequent return to England with a soldier crew.
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Treasured Islands -  Cruising the South Seas with Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasured Islands - Cruising the South Seas with Robert Louis Stevenson


Lowell D. Holmes
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000094

An account of Stevenson's Pacific wanderings and adventures.
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Return to the Sea

Return to the Sea


Webb Chiles
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000118

Webb Chiles, whose adventures were previously chronicled in A Single Wave, returns with a beautifully written account of his fourth circumnavigation.
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The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow -  A Mirror odyssey from North Wales to the Black Sea

The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow - A Mirror odyssey from North Wales to the Black Sea


A J Mackinnon
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000139

A couple of quiet weeks' on the river Severn was the intention. 'Somehow things got our of hand,' writes A J Mackinnon. 'A year later I had reached Romania and was still going.' Equipped with his cheerful optimism and a pith helmet, this Odysseus in a Mirror dinghy takes you with him - 4,900 kilometres over salt and fresh water, through numerous trials and adventures. An epic voyage brilliantly told.
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Sailing to Hemingway's Cuba

Sailing to Hemingway's Cuba


Dave Schaefer
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000100

Setting out alone from Lake Champlain, with friends joining as crew along he way, he sailed via the East coast and the Florida Keys to Havana.
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Seasoned by Salt

Seasoned by Salt


Jerry Mashaw and Anne MacClintock
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000140

The account of a one-year cruise, from Connecticut to Grenada and back, by an adventurous sailing couple. Brimming with humour, high adventure and understanding of the history, people, and economy of the many islands that they visit.
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Seraffyn's Mediterranean Adventure

Seraffyn's Mediterranean Adventure


Lin and Larry Pardey
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000154

For three years, the Pardey's worked their way from the Spanish via the coasts of North Africa and the Middle east to Greece and Dalmatia. Leaving Seraffyn at Rhodes for a time, they hired out as ferry pilots to sail another boat home to New Orleans. This time, they found themselves to be unwitting smugglers, and in danger.
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Sailing Alone Around the World (Penguin Classics)

Sailing Alone Around the World (Penguin Classics)


Joshua Slocum
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Ref: BKS000076

The classic travel narrative of a Don Quixote-of-the-seas – the first man to circumnavigate the world singlehandedly
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Song of the Sirens

Song of the Sirens


Ernest K Gann
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000125

The story of Gann's most beloved vessels: the beautiful brigantine Albatros; Butterfly - hardly more than a raft; the flawless Thetis; and 14 others. With moments of both drama and reflective calm, Gann's ode to his 17 sirens reveals the true romantic within every sailor.
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Sailing Round the World - A family retraces Joshua Slocum's voyage

Sailing Round the World - A family retraces Joshua Slocum's voyage


Guy Bernardin (Tranls. Jeremy McGeary) (Intro. Herb McCormick)
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000112

Guy Bernardin, with his wife and small son, retraces Joshua Slocum's famous circumnavigation in a replica of Spray.
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The Voyages of Joshua Slocum

The Voyages of Joshua Slocum


Captain Joshua Slocum (Ed. Walter M Teller)
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000165

The collected works of 19th-century seafarer Joshua Slocum, annotated and introduced by the leading expert on his life and voyages. With all Slocum's writings in one volume, including material not available anywhere else - unequaled, first-hand accounts of life and death on the high seas during the age of sail.
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Tall Ships Down - the last voyages of five sail training vessels

Tall Ships Down - the last voyages of five sail training vessels


Daniel S. Parrott
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

Ref: BKS000047

For all its romance, the tall-ship renaissance has a tragic side. Working from official documents, survivor and expert interviews, and his own tall-ship experience, Parrott re-creates the losses of five sail-training vessels: the 316-foot Pamir (1957), 117-foot Albatross (1961), 117-foot Marques (1984), 137-foot Pride of Baltimore (1986), and 125-foot Maria Asumpta (1995). He vividly re-creates each final voyage and then explores the roles played by ship stability, structural integrity, weather, human error, and standards of risk in tragedies at sea.
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Unlikely People

Unlikely People


Reese Palley
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000152

A tribute to the unique breed of people that take to the seas. Stories gathered over thirty years of sailing, from devils and saints, fools and philosophers, are told with humour and charm in Palley's inimitable style. Notable characters include sailing legend Tristan Jones, lunatics in Colombia and The Dumbest Sailor in the World.
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Four Guys in a Boat

Four Guys in a Boat


Tom Watkins (Illus. Bettyjo Knapp)
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000173

A hilarious glimpse into the secret lives of a motley crew of college professors who abandon their landlocked lives (and wives) for one week every year and go sailing. Tom Watkins vividly recounts a decade's worth of these annual escapes, as the adventurous academics fish, dive, drink, and dream together in such exotic locales as the Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, and the Grenadines, all the while coming to a better understanding of themselves and each other.
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Letters from High Latitudes:  Being some account of a voyage in 1856 in the schooner yacht 'Foam' to Iceland, Jan Meyers and Spitzbergen

Letters from High Latitudes: Being some account of a voyage in 1856 in the schooner yacht 'Foam' to Iceland, Jan Meyers and Spitzbergen


Lord Dufferin
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000121

The lively style and humour of this account instantly made it a Victorian best-seller. As fresh today as the travel-writing of Eric Newby, Paul Theroux or Jonathan Raban.
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Dear Dolphin -  Iskra's Atlantic Adventures

Dear Dolphin - Iskra's Atlantic Adventures


Frank Mulville
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000146

When Girl Stella hit the rocks with Frank Mulville and his family aboard, it wasn't only his boat that was lost - his self-esteem went too. It took six single-handed Atlantic crossings before he was able to lay to rest the ghost of Girl Stella.
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Saga of a Wayward Sailor

Saga of a Wayward Sailor


Tristan Jones
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000133

Aboard his beloved Cresswell, a converted wooden lifeboat. Jones survives storms, dismastings, arrest by the Soviet navy, the smuggling of Edam cheeses and Barbary apes, and being sunk by whales. Quintessential Jones: exciting, poignant, outrageous and thoroughly amusing.
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A Speck on the Sea

A Speck on the Sea


William Longyard
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

Ref: BKS000042

More than Seventy Accounts of Big Adventures in Small Boats
In A Speck on the Sea, William Longyard reaches back through five centuries to gather a collection of sea adventures in which the smallest, unlikeliest craft--and the daring individuals aboard them--completed extraordinary voyages against great odds.
From canoes and small sailboats to a pair of strap-to-your-feet pontoons, the watercraft in these true stories make nearly as varied a collection as the mariners who piloted them.
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The Long Way

The Long Way


Bernard Moitessier (Transl. William Rodarmor)
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000141

The best-selling story of the first Golden Globe Race, a solo, non-stop circumnavigation, rounding the capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin, and Horn. For seven months, the veteran seafarer battled storms, doldrums, fatigue and loneliness. Then, nearing the finish and several weeks ahead of his nearest competitor, he gave up the race and headed for Tahiti. In this intimate self-portrait of a dual personality, the hardened seaman and the sensitive mystic, he explains why.
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Gossip

Gossip


Cecily Gould
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000126

The story of a twelve-metre cutter built in 1899, the remarkable man who owned her from 1920, and the adventures he and his family had in her, from the time his children were small, through the war years, and after. With an account of her last years after 1964, under French ownership, before the final disaster.
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By the Grace of the Sea - a woman's solo odyssey around the world

By the Grace of the Sea - a woman's solo odyssey around the world


Pat Henry
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

Ref: BKS000046

A Life-Changing Voyage Over Vast Oceans
Teen mother, architect, professor, businesswoman--Pat Henry knew a thing or two about survival. But when her once-successful business went bankrupt, she lost the will to begin again. Instead, she set sail with no money aboard her 31-foot Southern Cross on a journey through eight years, ...
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Return to Murmansk

Return to Murmansk


Henry Swain (Fwd. Admiral Sir John Woodward RN)
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000168

Henry Swain first went to Murmansk in 1945 with the Royal Navy, Interwoven with this account of his return voyage in a yacht 45 years later, are memories of fear and danger.
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A Winter Away from Home

A Winter Away from Home


Rayner Unwin
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000105

A vivid and detailed account of the glory and failure of the third voyage of William Barents in search of a Northeast passage - the last major attempt for 300 years to open up a route that only finally became navigable with the advent of steamships.
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Sails Full & By

Sails Full & By


Dom Degnon
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000120

The light-hearted tale of a seven-year circumnavigation aboard the 41-foot ketch Taku. The voyage takes the author and his crew by way of the Caribbean, Polynesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Australia, through numerous adventures - from encounters with the masseuses in Bali to dealing with the Yemeni secret police.
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Catboat Summers

Catboat Summers


John E Conway
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000119

A series of short tales, each recounting one of the Conways' many extraordinary experiences in New England waters aboard their hand-crafted, almost 100-year-old vessel. With a useful and instructive appendix on details of the restoration.
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Singlehanded Sailing - The Experiences and Techniques of the Lone Voyagers

Singlehanded Sailing - The Experiences and Techniques of the Lone Voyagers


Richard Henderson
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

Ref: BKS000070

Singlehanded Sailing offers an account of the experiences and techniques of the lone voyagers, and penetrating insights into the psychology of singlehanders, their vessels, gear, strategies, and techniques, plus vivid accounts of emergency experiences alone against the elements. The information is absorbing in its own right, but also of obvious value to a larger audience of cruising sailors who occasionally find themselves sailing singlehanded or shorthanded. Combined with a wealth of practical information is an overriding sense of the camaraderie of the sea, and Henderson's steadying hand as a master sailor and teacher.
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Schooner Integrity

Schooner Integrity


Frank Mulville
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000145

From the accounts of Integrity's owner, Waldo Howland, and the crew who abandoned her, Frank Mulville pieces together the whole story - with a first-hand account of the climax.
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Born Survivor

Born Survivor


Bear Grylls
Publisher: The Book Service Ltd (TBS/GBS/Transworld)

Ref: BKS000245


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Castaway Boats

Castaway Boats


Victor Slocum
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000166

Thrilling, detailed and historically accurate records of survivors' adventures, including the Easter Island castaways, Shackleton's voyage, and the fated crew of the whaleboat, Essex.
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North Star to Southern Cross

North Star to Southern Cross


Frank Mulville
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000147

When prize-winning author Frank Mulville set out for Argentina aboard his classic gaff cutter Iskra the journey was to re-awaken memories of an unconventional childhood - running wild on the pampas and wartime adventures as thrilling as any novel.
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The Hal Roth Seafaring Trilogy

The Hal Roth Seafaring Trilogy


Hal Roth
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

Ref: BKS000035

Big adventures on the high seas—from one of the greatest seafaring writers of our age.
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Cruising Japan to New Zealand -  The Voyage of the ‘Sea Quest'

Cruising Japan to New Zealand - The Voyage of the ‘Sea Quest'


Tere Batham
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000111

Tere Batham and her husband embark on a 14-month, 10,000-mile voyage home from Japan to New Zealand, accompanied by Miki, a Japanese girl.
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Cruising in Seraffyn

Cruising in Seraffyn


Lin and Larry Pardey
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000153

An evocative story of a leisurely sail from the Gulf of Cortez, via the Panama Canal and the Caribbean to England, this is also an excellent guide to living aboard a small boat - with fun and economy as the guiding principles. With an updated Cruising Guide Survey, based on dozens of interviews, and appendices with vital data for anyone contemplating long distance cruising.
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Yarns

Yarns


Tristan Jones
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000134

These stories by one of the great sailor-adventurers of our times represent some of Jones's finest work - his marvellous evocation in the style of Sir Conan Doyle of the mystery of the Mary Celeste, the Conrad-inspired story of a troubled steamship, a strange rendez-vous on the coast of Africa and much more. Readers will return again and again to this selection, for wonder and inspiration.
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The Oceans Are Waiting -  Around the world on the yacht Tigger

The Oceans Are Waiting - Around the world on the yacht Tigger


Sharon Ragle
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000159

The true story of newlyweds on a four-and-a-half year circumnavigation aboard a small sailing boat. A funny and loving escapade across 35,000 miles of ocean, and a new perspective on cruising the South Pacific and the Great Barrier Reef.
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Red Sea Peril

Red Sea Peril


Shirley Billing
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000113

In 1996, the Billings were taken at gunpoint from their yacht in the Red Sea, and held for a month, accused of spying.
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Blue Horizons - Dispatches from distant seas

Blue Horizons - Dispatches from distant seas


Beth A. Leonard
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

Ref: BKS000039

When Beth Leonard and her partner, Evans Starzinger, returned from a three-year, 35,000 mile circumnavigation, they thought they were done with offshore voyaging. But neither realized how irrevocably they had been changed by their experience, nor how irresistible the siren song of the sea would prove.
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Adrift

Adrift


Tristan Jones
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000131

After a 60,000-mile voyage from the Dead Sea to Lake Titicaca, Jones is arrested in Buenos Aires. And after helping a Chilean friend to escape, he lands up in jail in Uruguay. On finally making it home to Britain, his boat, Sea Dart, is impounded by customs because he can't pay the 'import' tax.
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Sailing Alone Around the World

Sailing Alone Around the World


Captain Joshua Slocum
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000164

A fully illustrated, cloth bound edition of the famous classic - an unequalled masterpiece of vital yet disciplined prose by the first man to circumnavigate the globe single-handed.
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Deperate Voyage

Deperate Voyage


John Caldwell
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000116

In May 1946, stranded in Panama after the Second World War, Caldwell set out alone on a 9000-mile journey aboard the 29-foot Pagan to rejoin his wife in Sydney.
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In Shackleton's Wake

In Shackleton's Wake


Arved Fuchs (Transl. Martin Sokolinsky)
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000124

In 1914, Shackleton's ship, Endurance, sank after becoming trapped in the Antarctic ice. It took Shackleton two years, a heroic voyage in the lifeboat James Caird, and the crossing on foot of South Georgia to save his crew. This is the story of a reenactment of the journey in the year 2000 - a feat whose own dangers demanded meticulous planning, exceptional courage and endurance.
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A World of My Own: The First Ever Non-stop Solo Round the World Voyage

A World of My Own: The First Ever Non-stop Solo Round the World Voyage


Robin Knox-Johnston
Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical

Ref: BKS000072

On Friday 14 June 1968 Suhili, a tiny ketch, slipped almost unnoticed out of Falmouth harbour, steered by the solitary figure at her helm, Robin Knox-Johnston. Ten and half months later Suhili, paintwork peeling and rust-streaked, her once white sails weathered and brown, her self-steering gone, her tiller arm jury-rigged to the rudder head, came romping joyously back to Falmouth to a fantastic reception for Robin, who had become the first man to sail round the world non-stop single-handed. By every standard it was an incredible adventure, perhaps the last great uncomputerized journey left to man. Every hazard, every temptation to abandon the astounding voyage came Robin's way, from polluted water tanks, smashed cabin top and collapsed boom to lost self-steering gear and sheered off tiller, and all before the tiny ketch had fought her way to Cape Horn, the point of no return, the fearsome test of any seaman's nerve and determination. "A World of My Own" is Robin's uninhibited account of one of the greatest sea adventures of our time.
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12 Classic Sailing Stories - Incredible Tales of the Sea

12 Classic Sailing Stories - Incredible Tales of the Sea


Ed. Tom McCarthy
Publisher: The Lyons Press

Ref: BKS000248

Few people would want to test their mettle in an ice-encrusted boat with Ernest Shackleton, sail the Straits of Magellan with Joshua Slocum, or watch with Owen Chase as an angry whale sends his ship to the bottom, thousands of miles from the nearest land. But it's quite another thing to read these true accounts while settled into a favorite chair.
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The Magic of the Swatchways

The Magic of the Swatchways


Maurice Griffiths
Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical

Ref: BKS000243

Written for all those who love to explore in small boats. It is a book that aims to enthrall anyone who is entranced by the peace and solitude of the creeks at night and the moan of the sea on the sands.
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A Single Wave -  Stories of Storms and Survival

A Single Wave - Stories of Storms and Survival


Webb Chiles
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000117

Tales from the author's own experience of surviving capsizes, swampings and shipwrecks in many oceans.
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Flirting with Mermaids

Flirting with Mermaids


John Kretschmer
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000136

Humourous and terrifying, here are the most memorable of the author's adventures in 20 years of delivering sailboats to far-flung quaysides - across the Caribbean with some eccentric Swedes, researching the Mayan mariners; landing in Aden at the outbreak of a civil war; discovering Force 13 winds in the Atlantic.
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Unlikely Passages

Unlikely Passages


Reese Palley
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000151

Palley gave up a successful career as an art dealer and sailed off in his ship Unlikely to encircle the globe. Through a series of humorous anecdotes, illustrations, insights, and practical tips, Palley expounds his unique sailing philosophy.
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Endurance

Endurance


Alfred Lansing
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group

Ref: BKS000256



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When Alfred Lansing's Endurance was first published in 1959, few people in this country--or anywhere else for that matter--had heard of Shackleton or the Imperial Transantarctic Expedition of 1914. Britain's polar history had been rewritten with Shackleton airbrushed out and Captain Scott taking centre stage as the archetypal English hero who died on the Great Barrier on his long haul back from the South Pole.

If Scott's deification was almost instantaneous, Shackleton's descent into obscurity was more of a slow fade than a sudden death. He achieved a certain amount of acclaim when South, his own account of the Expedition, was published, but his legend seemed to die with him when he suffered a fatal heart attack on another trip south in 1922. His memory deserved much better. Not only was he a far better explorer than Scott, both in terms of his technical and man management capabilities, but the story of the Transantarctic expedition read like an epic out of a Boys Own annual. With his boat crushed, he led his men across the pack-ice, sailed them in open boats to Elephant Island. Once he realised there was no chance of rescue, he and four crew mates sailed a further 600 miles across the southern ocean to South Georgia where they were shipwrecked. The five men then made the first crossing of the island to reach the whaling station at Stromness. Three attempts and three and a half months later, Shackleton returned to Elephant Island to pick up the remaining men. Not a single member of either party was lost.

So we have Lansing to largely thank for Shackleton's rehabilitation. But herein lies the problem. Shackleton's story has been now been so well told both in books--especially Roland Huntford's definitive biography, and in film and TV, that even though Lansing's thrilling account, making liberal use of the diaries of several expedition members, was the first to be published it now feels all terribly familiar and adds nothing to what we already know. Even Frank Hurley's exquisite photographs which illustrate the book now engender a slight feeling of déjà vu--not least because they have already been better reproduced in a single volume published by Bloomsbury. But Lansing deserves his day in the snow and no polar library would be complete without this book. And if, by any chance, you've never previously read a word about Shackleton, this is as good a place as any to start. --John Crace
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Through the Land of Fire -  Fifty-Six South

Through the Land of Fire - Fifty-Six South


Ben Pester
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000157

The mysterious, dangerous and largely unfrequented waters of Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia are the setting for this story of a millenium cruise in a 36-foot wooden classic yacht.
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A Splendid Madness -  A man : a boat : a love story

A Splendid Madness - A man : a boat : a love story


Thomas Froncek
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000123

A book to stir fond memories among old sailing hands and newcomers alike. It will encourage those who dream of someday sailing their own boat, and will enable puzzled friends and family to better understand the strange obsession that grips those who adore boats and sailing.
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The Cruise of the Snark

The Cruise of the Snark


Jack London
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000137

Knowing little of navigation, Jack London set out from San Francisco to Polynesia and Melanesia with his wife and two crew, in a schooner whose tendency to leak was not her only defect. A sailing classic.
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The Thousand Dollar Yacht

The Thousand Dollar Yacht


Anthony Bailey
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000109

Anthony Bailey's classic was first published in the USA nearly 30 years ago but never before printed in the UK.
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The Coast of Summer -  Sailing New England waters from Shelter Island to Cape Cod

The Coast of Summer - Sailing New England waters from Shelter Island to Cape Cod


Anthony Bailey
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000110

The New England coast, a small cruising sloop, warm winds - and Anthony Bailey's seductive storytelling powers.
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Gipsy Moth Circles the World (Sailor's Classics Library)

Gipsy Moth Circles the World (Sailor's Classics Library)


Francis Chichester
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

Ref: BKS000033

When 65-year-old Francis Chichester set sail on his solitary eastward journey around the world in 1966, many believed he wouldn't return alive. But when the old man returned nine months later, he had made history's fastest circumnavigation.
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Alone through the Roaring Forties (The Sailor's Classics #5)

Alone through the Roaring Forties (The Sailor's Classics #5)


Vito Dumas
Publisher: A & C Black

Ref: BKS000032

Below the Cape of Good Hope and south of Australia lie the feared latitudes of the "Roaring Forties," where non-stop westerly gales push huge seas, unimpeded, around and around the bottom of the world.
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Berserk - My Voyage to the Antarctic in a Twenty-Seven-Foot Sailboat

Berserk - My Voyage to the Antarctic in a Twenty-Seven-Foot Sailboat


David Mercy
Publisher: The Lyons Press

Ref: BKS000249

In Berserk, author David Mercy brilliantly recounts what it is like to experience the seemingly endless pounding of wind and waves, the solitary four-hour shifts of cold bleak darkness, and the delicate balance of personalities where a potentially murderous mutiny is always in the making.
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The Greatest Sailing Stories Ever Told - Twenty-Seven Unforgettable Stories

The Greatest Sailing Stories Ever Told - Twenty-Seven Unforgettable Stories


E. Christopher Caswell
Publisher: The Lyons Press

Ref: BKS000250

For thousands of years, man has sailed into battle, sailed for rumored wealth, and sailed for pure adventure. And for nearly as long, stories about the sea have entertained, intrigued, and inspired readers. The Greatest Sailing Stories Ever Told brings together some of the most compelling writing of the millennium.

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Up the Creek - A Lifetime spent trying to be a sailor

Up the Creek - A Lifetime spent trying to be a sailor


Tony James
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000129

Up The Creek charts Tony James' unintentional voyage from his father's broad-bean bed, in land locked Derbyshire, to a marina in Somerset via the Caribbean, the Persian Gulf and the bottom of a swimming pool in Ottery St Mary.
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By Way of the Wind

By Way of the Wind


Jim Moore
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000142

Circumnavigating the world in a 36-foot sloop isn't generally regarded as an adventure to be taken lightly - especially when the adventurers are a couple with almost no sailing experience - but lightly is how Jim and Molly Moore took it. A refreshing and amusing inspiration to all long-distance sailors, actual or potential.
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Swan - the second voyage

Swan - the second voyage


Jim Moore
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000143

The engaging story of a two-year, 10,000 mile voyage from Hawaii to the east coast of the United States, via the Panama Canal, with a sojourn in the Sea of Cortez.
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Thumbnail Circumnavigation

Thumbnail Circumnavigation


Paul Packwood
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000149

Octogenarian Paul Packwood from Ipswich describes a 58-day, single-handed cruise in his 18-foot sailing boat, Plover. Not a complete circumnavigation of the British isles, but a thumbnail odyssey round the south of England, through coastal waters and inland waterways. All is not smoothsailing. In difficulties off the Cornish coast, he is towed into port by a lifeboat. A collision costs him a broken thumb. Undaunted, he completes the voyage and brings Plover back to the River Orwell.
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There Be No Dragons -  How to cross a big ocean in a small sailboat

There Be No Dragons - How to cross a big ocean in a small sailboat


Reese Palley
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000150

A sailor is never finished like a piece of toast or a steak, but always in the living process of becoming. The core of this book is to give you enough information, but just enough, to support a claim to sailordom, and to convince you that you are capable of taking a small boat across a large ocean
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You Can't Blow Home Again

You Can't Blow Home Again


Herb Payson
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000156

Herb Payson's singular determination and humour are irresistible in this charming sequel to the cruising classic, Blown Away.
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After You, Mr Lear

After You, Mr Lear


Maldwin Drummond
Publisher: Sheridan House

Ref: BKS000091

A fascinating account of a voyage of discovery, richly illustrated, and including some of Lear's own most accomplished drawings and paintings, as well as new insights into the life an work of a remarkable man.
Status: Not yet published
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Letters from the Lost Soul - Five year voyage of discovery and adventure

Letters from the Lost Soul - Five year voyage of discovery and adventure


Bob Bitchin
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000114

Follow the exploits of 'a very large tattooed captain' and his crew as they discover the highs and lows of life at sea in this irreverent and entertaining tale.
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An Old Gaffers Tale

An Old Gaffers Tale


Martin Eve
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000122

The story of Privateer, a traditional "old gaffer" built sixty years ago as a fishing smack.
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Transatlantic at Last

Transatlantic at Last


Helen Tew (Fwd. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston)
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000169

For Helen Tew, the question was never, 'Why sail across the Atlantic in a small boat at the age of 89?' but rather, 'Why not?' This simple philosophy determined her entire attitude to life, from her first encounter with the sea as an impossible toddler, to her 'trip across the pond' as a seasoned and experienced yachtswoman in a 26-foot gaff cutter her late husband had designed 65 years earlier.
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Coming About - a family passage at sea

Coming About - a family passage at sea


Susan Tyler Hitchcock
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000170

A family that had been falling apart rediscovers intimacy and joy through the experience a 3,500 mile voyage around the Caribbean. An inspiring chronicle of life at sea, and a wonderful meditation on marriage, family, and the fulfillment of dreams. Winner of Sail America's Southam Award for best book on sailing.
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Capt. Joshua Slocum -  The life and voyages of America's best known sailor

Capt. Joshua Slocum - The life and voyages of America's best known sailor


Victor Slocum
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000102

Captain Joshua Slocum's famous voyage in the 36-foot sloop Spray was only the culmination of a life filled with adventure, pioneering and enterprise.
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Wayward Sailor - in search of the real Tristan Jones

Wayward Sailor - in search of the real Tristan Jones


Anthony Dalton
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

Ref: BKS000044

Tristan Jones boasted a worldwide following for his memoirs of extraordinary adventures from the Arctic to the Dead Sea. But, as Wayward Sailor proves, Jones was a fascinating invention of his own imagination. Wayward Sailor is a voyage into the soul of a mysterious adventurer.
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Cape Horn: The Logical Route

Cape Horn: The Logical Route


Bernard Moitessier
Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical

Ref: BKS000296

This is the story of Bernard and Francoise Moitessier's honeymoon voyage from Europe to the islands of the Pacific and back by way of Cape Horn. Setting out from Tahiti, they took the "logical route" because it was the fastest, taking them through the Roaring Forties, through the high latitudes of never ceasing gale-force winds and through iceberg territory. Their survival was due to careful preparation, great seamanship and their sense of harmony with their boat, "Joshua", and the sea.
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The Biggest Boat I Could Afford -  4000 kilometres with a damn fool in a dinghy

The Biggest Boat I Could Afford - 4000 kilometres with a damn fool in a dinghy


Lee Hughes
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000128

Wanting to overcome his 'great fear' of the sea and sailing - and to escape a creeping midlife crisis - New Zealander Lee, with no money for anything with a cabin, buys Frank Dye's Wanderer dinghy and sails it from Florida, 4000 km alone up the US Eastern Seaboard on a voyage of challenge and discovery.
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Trade Wind Hitchers

Trade Wind Hitchers


Nicola Russell
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000162

For those willing to risk a life change, this is a different kind of travel book, combining practical information with personal experience, and advice on how to stretch the shoestring further. The definitive guide to crewing on transatlantic yachts.
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Antarctic Oasis: Under the Spell of South Georgia

Antarctic Oasis: Under the Spell of South Georgia


Tim Carr and Pauline Carr
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Ref: BKS000213

After 25 years of cruising the world's oceans, Pauline and Tim Carr spent five years as the only civilian inhabitants of South Georgia. Demonstrating their deep fascination with the island, this book explores its landscape, wildlife and history. It offers the reader insight into the five years in which the Carrs' learned intimate details about the lives of the whales, penguins, seals and albatrosses that frequent its shores during the brief polar summer to feed, mate and rear their young. The book explores the glacier-clad mountains, stormy coast and sheltered bays of South Georgia, in all seasons.
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The Sailing Life

The Sailing Life


Bob Bitchin
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000115

Bob Bitchin has a unique perspective from which to describe The Sailing Life. As founder and editor of the highly successful magazine Latitudes & Attitudes, he surveys and comments on the good and the bad, the funny and the sad, the practical and the theoretical of the sailing scene. This collection of his editorials and other writings is full of useful advice, keen observations and, yes, some outrageous comments as only Bob can put them on paper.
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Blown Away

Blown Away


Herb Payson
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000155

In Sea Foam, a 36-foot ketch, Herb and Nancy Payson and their teenage children cruised the Pacific for six and a half years. The delights far outbalanced the drawbacks, and the terrors.
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Racundra's Third Cruise

Racundra's Third Cruise


Arthur Ransome (Ed. Brian Hammett)
Publisher: Fernhurst Books

Ref: BKS000267

THIS IS A NEW, UNPUBLISHED, ARTHUR RANSOME STORY.

It describes a sailing cruise in Latvia with his new wife Evgenia (formerly Trotsky’s secretary) up the Aa River, from Riga to Mitau and back. A classic Ransome story, it is illustrated with his own photos.
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I've Been Around

I've Been Around


Tania Aebi
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000108

In 1985, at the age of 18, Tania Aebi sailed around the world alone, and her account of her trip, Maiden Voyage, became a worldwide best-seller.
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Swatchways and Little Ships

Swatchways and Little Ships


Maurice Griffiths
Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical

Ref: BKS000010

For over fifty years Maurice Griffiths cruised a variety of small yachts amongst the rivers and creeks of the Thames Estuary and round the coasts of suffolk, Essex and Kent. In this classic book he tells of the boats he has owned, and shows how the experience gained turned him into a dedicated yacht designer.
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World Cruising Routes

World Cruising Routes


Jimmy Cornell
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

Ref: BKS000057

This newly updated, comprehensive cruising guide to all the world's oceans is a valuable reference for cruising sailors and armchair dreamers. More than 500 sailing routes are detailed, including 40 new routes to such high-latitude destinations as Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, Alaska, and Antarctica.

The book includes 150 pages of two-color maps, updated GPS coordinates for navigation, and route-by-route descriptions of weather and hazards.
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Amulet -  A charm restored and sailed to the Western Isles

Amulet - A charm restored and sailed to the Western Isles


Bob Orrell
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000148

A humourous account of Cumbria-based author and skipper Bob Orrell's love-hate relationship with a 26-foot wooden keel boat saved from an inglorious end as a garden ornament, during the restoration and the subsequent voyage.
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Travellers on a Trade Wind

Travellers on a Trade Wind


Marcia Pirie
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000158

David and Marcia Pirie gave up their careers and sailed off across the wide blue ocean.
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Tamata and the Alliance

Tamata and the Alliance


Bernard Moitessier (Transl. William Rodarmor)
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000098

Bernard Moitessier left Vietrnam to answer the call of the sea, wandering the Indian Ocean, the South Atlantic and the Caribbean as a sea-Gypsy, and surviving two catastrophic shipwrecks.
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The Shackleton Voyages: A Pictorial Anthology of the Polar Explorer and Edwardian Hero

The Shackleton Voyages: A Pictorial Anthology of the Polar Explorer and Edwardian Hero


Roland Huntford
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Ref: BKS000257




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Only So Many Tides

Only So Many Tides


John Wainwright (Fwd. Alan Cameron)
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000172

Shining through Jon Wainwright's account of a lifetime adventure - thirty-eight years' cruising, racing and fishing in a traditional wooden boat - are a love of the sea, and a devotion to his boat, Deva. With photos and illustrations by the author and Walter Kemsley.
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Moitessier - a sailing legend

Moitessier - a sailing legend


Jean-Michel Barrault
Publisher: Seafarer Books

Ref: BKS000088

It was during the Golden Globe, the first solo non-stop race around the world, and with victory within his reach, that Bernard Moitessier sent this message with a slingshot onto the deck of a passing freighter: 'I am continuing ...' With this unbelievable decision to turn his back on glory and money, and continue sailing to the Pacific Islands after seven months at sea, he bacame a guru for all small boat sailors. It was Jean-Michel Barrault who first encouraged Moitessier to write about his adventures, and he remained his friend for 36 years, as the internationally known sailor, writer and ecologist became a legend in his own lifetime.
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Voices from the Sea: Remarkable Encounters with the World's Oceans

Voices from the Sea: Remarkable Encounters with the World's Oceans


Nic Compton (Foreword: Alex Thomson)
Publisher: Cassell Illustrated

Ref: BKS000080

Record-setting races, voyages of exploration, epic battles with the weather and shipwreck survivals are just some of the tales told in "Voices from the Sea".
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Sea Vagabond's World, A: Boats and Sails, Distant Shores, Islands and Lagoons

Sea Vagabond's World, A: Boats and Sails, Distant Shores, Islands and Lagoons


Bernard Moitessier
Publisher: Sheridan House

Ref: BKS000295

Moitessier was one of the greatest ocean voyagers. He died before completing a practical book on boats, the sea, and the beachcombing life, but his many writings on these subjects, both published and unpublished, are collected here.
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South: The Endurance Expedition: The

South: The Endurance Expedition: The "Endurance" Expedition


Sir Ernest Shackleton (Photo: F. Jack Hurley)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Ref: BKS000255

A first-hand account of the Endurance expedition, this text tells the tale of Shackleton's expedition to the South Pole as World War I broke out in Europe. Their ship, the Endurance, was crushed and the men were forced to survive in and escape from one of the world's most hostile environments. Traversing glaciers, scaling cliffs and crossing treacherous seas in open boats, all the time threatened by cold and hunger, the men, through their own strength and Shackleton's experience, all made it to safety.
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Sail to Freedom

Sail to Freedom


Bill Raper, June Raper
Publisher: Fernhurst Books

Ref: BKS000268

If you dream of running away to sea in your own boat and sailing over the horizon to find a new life, then read on ...
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World Cruising Routes

World Cruising Routes


Jimmy Cornell
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

Ref: BKS000299

This newly updated, comprehensive cruising guide to all the world's oceans is a valuable reference for cruising sailors and armchair dreamers. More than 500 sailing routes are detailed, including 40 new routes to such high-latitude destinations as Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, Alaska, and Antarctica.

The book includes 150 pages of two-color maps, updated GPS coordinates for navigation, and route-by-route descriptions of weather and hazards.
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Sailing to the Reefs

Sailing to the Reefs


Bernard Moitessier
Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical

Ref: BKS000297

Bernard Moitessier is considered one of the greatest blue water sailors of the 20th century. Best known, perhaps, for abandoning the Sunday Times Golden Globe singlehanded round the world race when in the lead, in order to make almost another complete circumnavigation (the same race in which Donald Crowhurst's boat was found mid Atlantic after his suicide) he was already a legend in the making.
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Racundra's First Cruise

Racundra's First Cruise


Arthur Ransome (Ed. Brian Hammett)
Publisher: Fernhurst Books

Ref: BKS000266

This new edition of Racundra’s First Cruise includes the original maps, text and photos from the 1923 first edition, of which only 1500 copies were printed.
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Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die: Sailing Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations

Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die: Sailing Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations


Chris Santella
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang

Ref: BKS000073

Mankind has plied the waves of the ocean since the dawn of recorded time, seeking sustenance, riches and adventure. "Fifty Places To Sail Before You Die" maps out some of the world's great sailing venues, as shared by both champion racers and celebrated adventurers. Venues range from clubby New England ports like Newport to the hair-raising passage around Cape Horn to idyllic island retreats like Mopelia. In addition to colourful descriptions of the sailing spots and anecdotes from some of the world's greatest sailors, "Fifty Places To Sail Before You Die" will include brilliant photographs and enough information to help would-be sailors chart their own adventure in these areas.
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