By Scott Cookman

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''Atlantic is a stirring tale that illuminates a mystical interval in our maritime historical past. Scott Cookman weaves the compelling plot in a way that would fascinate either the landlubber and the sailor alike. The schooner Atlantic’s transatlantic racing list has remained unbeaten for almost a century–and the tale at the back of the race makes that success much more awesome. Cookman has performed his homework good and unfolds that tale web page through web page . . . the reader can with regards to believe the icy lash of a North Atlantic swell crashing aboard because the vast crusing craft are pushed towards their vacation spot by means of women and men whose desires and objectives (and even the delight in their nations) hold within the balance.'' –Peter Isler, America’s Cup veteran, writer of the bestselling crusing for Dummies, and Editor at huge for crusing global

''Outstanding. Cookman is both adept at depicting the gut-wrenching rigidity of ocean racing; the politics, intrigues, and skullduggery of billionaires, society snobs, and sailors who make Captain Ahab appear the version of restraint; and a gilded, vanished period below the collection typhoon clouds of war.'' –Neil Hanson, writer of The customized of the ocean

''In 1905, the foremost to unlocking America’s fiscal strength was once rapid trip around the Atlantic. Scott Cookman recounts in meticulous aspect the fanatical race for maritime supremacy. Scions and captains of took the problem by means of racing around the ocean.'' –Gary Jobson, America’s Cup—winning tactician on Ted Turner’s brave (1977) and ESPN crusing analyst

''Anyone who has ever been to sea, or dreamed of a crusing experience, should be captivated via this striking seafaring tale. it's a ideal stability of historical past, intrigue, and interval personalities that might make your fingers sweat as you rush headlong via typhoon and fog to the finish.'' –Rockwell B. Harwood, Commodore, Stamford Yacht membership (1999—2001)

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25-inch guns, the majority were fixed, pointing port or starboard, and could only be brought to bear by turning the whole vessel broadside, like Lord Nelson’s ships a century earlier. Other than these, the new kaiser had with him the little Freya—a wooden-hulled, ironclad ram with half a dozen 6-inch guns—and three unarmored “dispatch” boats. This less-than-imperial navy was all that Wilhelm brought to his grandmother’s party. In fact, it had been difficult collecting even this small squadron to accompany him.

A naked woman in the form of a ship’s figurehead, however, calms high winds and gales. —Superstitions of sailors No one at the New York Yacht Club was anxious for another transatlantic race after the first. The weather conditions and death toll had been appalling enough. Its members were content to race one another in New York Harbor or offshore New Jersey and take their annual summer cruise out Long Island and Rhode Island Sounds to fashionable Newport. In 1870, however, the club was formally challenged to a crossocean match by English railroad millionaire James Ashbury.

Qxd 2/12/02 1:25 PM Page 27 Death Race 27 latitude—realm of icebergs; blizzards; and sudden, unbelievably violent winter storms. Fleetwing shaped a similar course. Vesta steered a more southerly route. It was a longer passage, but less likely to be slowed by fog, ice, and storm, and gave her the benefit of riding the Gulf Stream out into midocean. In his packet runs, Samuels had made the northern passage countless times (seventy-eight by the end of his career). ” And this time he didn’t have a stoutly built, oceangoing ship underneath him.

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