The Snark is to be sailed
The Snark is to be sailed. There will be a gasolene engine on board, but it will be used only in case of emergency, such as in bad water among reefs and shoals, where a sudden calm in a swift current leaves a sailing-boat helpless. The rig of the Snark is to be what is called the "ketch. The ketch rig is a compromise between the yawl and the schooner. Of late years the yawl rig has proved the best for cruising. The ketch retains the cruising virtues of the yawl, and in addition manages to embrace a few of the sailing virtues of the schooner. The foregoing must be taken with a pinch.
Jack London was an American author who wrote some of the most famous novels of the early 20th century. London wrote on a variety of topics and is still one of the most read authors today. Many of his works were set during the Klondike Gold Rush. Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers. Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books.
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Barely 30 years old and the wildly popular author of The Call of the Wild, Martin Eden, and other successful novels, Jack London's determined to follow the example of his boyhood idol, Herman Melville, and explore the islands of the South Pacific. Accompanied by his wife and two crew members, London set sail from San Francisco in 1906 aboard the Snark, a custom-made 55-foot ketch. Related in the compelling voice of a master storyteller, The Cruise of the Snark promises a memorable reading experience for armchair sailors, old salts, and any lover of nautical adventure. Read on the Scribd mobile app.
Jack London (1876–1916) published an enormous number of stories and novels, including The Call of the Wild .
Jack London (1876–1916) published an enormous number of stories and novels, including The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Martin Eden. The book is almost as much about building the Snark as actually sailing it. Problems with supply, quality, and craftmanship - plus the San Fransisco earthquake - created delays, headaches and cost overruns. That is followed with some trivial detail about the hiring of crew, and then finally a journey from California to Hawaii, where they spent several months. Much about shipboard life, navigation, wayward crew, natives, and tropical diseases which aborted the around-the-world cruise in Australia.
So the trip was decided upon, and the building of the Snark began. We named her the Snark because we could not think of any other name- -this information is given for the benefit of those who otherwise might think there is something occult in the name. Our friends cannot understand why we make this voyage. They shudder, and moan, and raise their hands.
At his heels trooped a score of excited gamins. Every head-and there were thousands-turned to glance curiously at him as he went by. And I turned, too. Never had I seen such lovely sunburn. He was all sunburn, of the sort a blond takes on when his skin does not peel. His long yellow hair was burnt, so was his beard, which sprang from a soil unploughed by any razor.
Let everything on the Snark be of the best. And never mind decoration. Whereat we would rehearse for our mutual encouragement the manifold virtues and excellences of the Snark. Also, I would borrow more money, and I would get down closer to my desk and write harder, and I refused heroically to take a Sunday off and go out into the hills with my friends. So long as it was a B O A T. And, oh, there is one other excellence of the Snark, upon which I must brag, namely, her bow.
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London writes: Through the white crest of a breaker suddenly appears a dark figure, erect, a man-fish or a sea-god, on the very forward face of the crest where the top falls over and down, driving in toward shore, buried to his loins in smoking spray, caught up by the sea and flung landward.
London writes: Through the white crest of a breaker suddenly appears a dark figure, erect, a man-fish or a sea-god, on the very forward face of the crest where the top falls over and down, driving in toward shore, buried to his loins in smoking spray, caught up by the sea and flung landward, bodily, a quarter of a mile. It is a Kanaka on a surf-board.