Before he published his first novel
in 1895, Joseph Conrad spent 20 years in the merchant navy, eventually
obtaining his master’s ticket and commanding a full-rigged ship.
This book tells the story of his career at sea, and shows how Captain
Jozef Konrad Korzeniowski, master mariner, became Joseph Conrad, master
Alan Villiers, author of such
classics as Cruise of the Conrad and The Way of a Ship, was uniquely
qualified to comment on Conrad’s life at sea. Like Conrad himself,
he was both highly regarded author and master mariner in the days of
the square rigger. This study started by Alan Villiers before his death
in 1982, has now been completed by his son, Peter Villiers.
This is a unique document, providing
not only a new analysis of Conrad as mariner but also a wealth of detail
about the merchant navy in the late nineteenth century – the economics
of sail, the cargoes, the competition with steam, the skill, the difficulty
and the danger involved in manoeuvring a clipper under sail.
illustrated with 12 full-colour paintings of Conrad’s ships, by
the eminent marine artist Mark Myers RSMA, F/ASMA.
served in the merchant navy between school and university. He accompanied
his father Alan Villiers on many ventures abroad. He has written books
on policing, leadership and human rights but this is his first biography.
260 x 202 mms • 1400 pages Illus
• ISBN 0 9547062 9 3 • Price: £14.95
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