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The Cruise of the Teddy

Tambs, Erling

Editorial: George Newnes, London
Condición: VG Encuadernación de tapa dura
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In 1928 the author and his wife Julie sailed from Norway bound for New Zealand, at the other end of the World. Their voyage was to extend over 12,000 miles and countless adventures. The Teddy's crew of two aboard the 40ft long double-ended converted pilot boat increased by one at Les Palmas where a son (Tony) was born. Tambs, and his wife, started their voyage against the wishes of the Nowegian marine authorities who considered the Teddy was unsuitable and ill equipped for the venture. They met all the dangers that crossing the Atlantic and Pacific oceans could present, as well as navigating through island groups and on unfamiliar coasts. The "cruise" ended in 1931 when their arrival in NZ coincided with the disastrous Hawkes Bay earthquake. During the Tambs stay in NZ Tony was joined by a little sister who was named Tui and the Teddy became well-known, undertaking a Pacific Islands trip and one trans-Tasman yacht race. Just over a year after they arrived in NZ the Tamb's family and Teddy sailed from Auckland for Brisbane and after weathering storm by sheltering at Kawau Island disaster struck as they resumed the voyage --- the Teddy was becalmed, caught by a current and driven ashore on a rock-bound coast to be battered by waves. Against all the odds Tambs, his wife and theit two youngsters survived, but their home and all they posessed were lost with the Teddy smashed to splinters in a short time. "The Cruise of the Teddy" has become a classic tale of long-distance yachting and if not exactly a "how to do it" textbook-book on the topic, remains a inspirational account of enterprise, fortitude, determiniation and an attitude of optimism and the will to succeed. In his introduction to the book another noted yachting author, Arthur Ransome, compared Earling Tamb's story to Joshua Slocum's saying "it comes nearest to it in its combination of seafaring with direct human interest." Published by George Newnes, not dated but appears to be a 1932 first edition, with the author's preface dated July 1932, 247 pages, only illustration is a double page of drawings showing the yacht's profile and rig and plan views of the deck lay-out and the internal arrangements.This a Wellington Girls' College presentation copy with the college crest in gilt to the front board and presentation plate on FFEP. The green hard covers have narrow fading to the front board at edges and adjacent the spine, spine is heavily sunned with the black spine titles undimmed, narrow fading also to top/lower edges rear board and at lower right corner, lower corners lightly bumped, otherwise the covers are strong and firmly attached. On the title page the title and other headings have been lightly underlined with pencil, there is a pencil name etc at right edge below the title. In a few instances there are unobtrusive impressions in the margins where pencil scribbles have been erased, otherwise the text block is excellent. First editions of this notable voyaging book are scarce. Size: 19cm By13cm. N° de ref. de la librería 005085

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Título: The Cruise of the Teddy

Editorial: George Newnes, London

Encuadernación: Hard Covers

Ilustrador: Profile/plan

Condición del libro:VG

Condición de la sobrecubierta: No Jacket

Edición: Apparent 1st.

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