Description : Corbin argues that with few exceptions people living before the eighteenth century knew nothing of the attractions of the coast, the visual delight of the sea, the desire to brave the force of the waves or to feel the coolness of sand against the skin. The image of the ocean in the popular consciousness was coloured by Biblical and mythical recollections of sea monsters, voracious whales, and catastrophic floods. It was perceived as sinister and unchanging, a dark, unfathomable force inspiring horror rather than attraction. These associations of catastrophe and fear in the minds of Europeans intensified the repulsion they felt towards deserted and dismal shores.
Description : From culture shock to cone-shell poison, what better way to experience the highs and lows of global ocean travel than through the words of the captain's mate, mother of two teenaged boys. Lona Gray chronicled every aspect of their sailing adventure from how to find and prepare meals, how to repair engines, how to avoid monsoons, how to educate teenagers, and how to stay sane living in small quarters far from all the comforts of stateside living. Through Lona's words, we see and feel Captain Bobby's frustrations and triumphs, we meet their new friends, and we experience the rush of unexpected weather. "Caught by the Lure of the Sea is a compelling and realistic account for anyone considering taking the leap of faith to follow a romantic dream." -Cathie Katz, author of Sierra Club's Nature a Day at a Time: An Uncommon Look At Common Wildlife. "If you've ever dreamt of sailing around the world, family in tow, this is the vicarious trip of a lifetime." -Carole Kotkin, co-author MMMMiami-Tempting Tropical Tastes for Home Cooks Everywhere; food editor Travellady.com and free-lance travel writer." you should read the adventures of Bobbie and Lona Gray aboard the sailing vessel Immanuel they met priests and pirates and braved stormy seas to bring you a story you'll not forget." -John A. Brennan, former Commodore of the Coconut Grove Sailing Club
Description : A reluctant sailor, banished from her comfort zone in central Illinois by her newly retired husband, chronicles her brave voyage into retirement on a houseboat to Key West, Florida.
Description : Ship to Shore: Art and the Lure of the Sea emerged from, and was inspired by, an exhibition held across Southampton's John Hansard Gallery and SeaCity Museum in 2014.Based around interviews conducted by Jean Wainwright with sixteen internationally renowned contemporary artists whose works were featured in the show, the book weaves an evocative narrative about the sea and its enduring lure for artists.Powerful meanings of the sea as something seductive or dangerous, a visual metaphor, a political boundary, or the site of trauma or imagination, emerge as the inspiration for these artists and link their very different practices together.As the words and images unfold we are reminded how the sea has enticed us across centuries, thrilling us with its seductive vitality.With framing essays by Jean Wainwright and Philip Hoare.
Description : Surveys the history of the whaling industry from its earliest days to the present, focusing on the young boys who managed to sign on for whaling voyages.
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Description : Whether surrounded by greenhouse glass or mountainous seas, Ron Bourgaize applies his training, ingenuity, and luck to remain unscathed.Although blind now, Ron continues to entertain and educate us with stories transcribed from tape.