List of Illustrations Author's Acknowledgements Glossary of Sailing Terms Prologue Part One: the Attack Part Two: Castaways Part Three: Safety Part Four: Coincidence Part Five: The Last Analysis
Dougal Robertson was born in Scotland in 1924 and spent the war in the Merchant Marine. He and his wife Lyn lived on a farm in England for a number of years before deciding to go on a circumnavigation with their children. They now live in France.
...[a] well-written account...an unexpectedly personal view of a man's physical and a woman's emotional courage that, when bonded, produced the strength to survive. Sailing For stark excitement, marine natural history, practical lessons, and human love and stresses, few records, if any, of hazard and survival have ever bettered it. Washington Post Book World [The Robertsons] survived and their tale is a triumph of human resource and determination against terrible odds. Cruising World What a brave man, what an eloquent writer! In case of shipwreck I would send for Dougal Robertson or, in absence of him, reread his book in order to find out what on earth to do next. -- Nicholas Monsarrat