Desperate Voyage: A Novice Sails Alone from America to Australia

  • Title: Desperate Voyage: A Novice Sails Alone from America to Australia
  • Author: JohnCaldwell
  • ISBN: 9781589760288
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Paperback
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    About JohnCaldwell


    1. See also his wife, Mary Caldwell.Born in 1918 or 1919.After the events narrated in Desperate Voyager, John Caldwell went on to graduate from the University of California Santa Barbara He sailed all over the world with his wife Mary and their two sons While sailing in the Caribbean he caught a glimpse of his dream island, Prune Island He obtained a 99 year lease on the island, planted palms, renamed it Palm Island and established his own resort The rest of his life was spent sailing around the islands he loved and sharing his passion with lucky visitors to his Caribbean paradise.Caldwell died in early November 1998 on his home island of Palm Island in the Grenadines He was aged 80.Obituary


    383 Comments


    1. Let s face it, sea adventure books usually hinge on things going wrong, the extravagantly the better, and they succeed because of the ghastliness of the accidents, or the memorability of their writing In the case of Caldwell s book, the situations are plenty desperate, but it s the sure hand at writing that really carries the day Caldwell s voice is literate and descriptive, but never academic or remote he is an enlightened observer of wonders large and small, and communicates them with immedia [...]

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    2. Fantastic tale of sailing from Panama towards Australia in 1946, solo Very well written prose and very exciting Loved it.

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    3. Courageous VoyageMore challenging and danger packed than a novel Heroic Fascinating read for young and old.

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    4. Interesting stories Impressed by the author s resourcefulness but he was definitely careless Maybe brave because he fought in the war

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    5. I went into this book not realizing that it was actually a true story And it was an interesting story, although I couldn t help but shake my head at a few of Caldwell s decisions.Caldwell, after having to leave his new wife behind in Australia, decides that he can t stay away any longer, and buys a small sailboat in which to sail from Panama back to Australia And he goes alone, with only two kittens as company He suffers through hardships than can be imagined Some of its due to the weather, but [...]

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    6. Oh My God What a crazy story and what a crazy man I couldn t help but admire his dedication, perseverance and resourcefulness He has nine lives or possibly , I would have perished ten times over Or gone mad and jumped overboard But then again I would never have undertaken such such a crazy voyage in the first place sometimes I had to be angry with his hot headed risk taking and bluntness I still can t understand how he could watch dolphins accompany his boat for thousands of miles, even give the [...]

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    7. I read this whilst sailing the Atlantic so I could kind of relate to it although there were no comparisons to what Cauldwell did in terms of sheer guts, determination and courage.It s an incredible story of a man who, following being de mobbed after WW II on the wrong side of the Pacific, ends up buying a small boat he had never sailed before and sailing back to Australia to be with the girl he had married during the war As you read it you wonder at the kind of emotion that leads a man to put hi [...]

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    8. My mum gave me this book to read almost a decade ago, as my great uncle happened to be this man s accountant in his later years, of course The story was so tragic, after his ship was wrecked I remember being in absolute tears, unwilling to finish the tale Of course, I knew he survived, and eventually I mustered up the courage to keep reading.It always fascinated me how fantastical and perfectly the story played out, as if it was meant to be a fiction novel, or perhaps a gritty movie I mean, how [...]

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    9. During WWII John Caldwell married an Australian woman Once mustered out in the States he wants to get back to her, but all transportation to Australia is booked So he does what any reasonable man would do he gets himself to Panama, buys a small sailboat he has never sailed and teaches himself to sail including the well known mistake of throwing the anchor over without tying down the bitter end of the rode Then he sets off alone for Down Under This true story is filled with misadventures, includi [...]

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    10. My parents Bill and Peggy Walsh both passed away in 2010 at the ages of 92 and 93, in San Pedro, California When I was going through their books, I found this book autographed with these words To our good friends Bill and Peggy Though you have traded your keel and hull for a hearth and lawn there s always hope Remember the good times around Hanchette s when we gummed of blue seas and white sails Fair winds from the crew of Tropic Seas John Caldwell April 1951, San PedroJohn s wife Mary also wrot [...]

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    11. Excellent read on an excellent single handed voyage across the southern Pacific ocean by a man trying to return to his sweetie Very dramatic and action packed although in his somewhat dry fashion he recounted how he got himself into an amazing amount of trouble A happy ending nonetheless found this while researching sailing novels Checked it out as an ILL It came from Kansas and was threadbare Published in 1949 and this hardbound copy printed then the physical record of it s every 5 year or so c [...]

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    12. I loved the book at first it was pure curiosity about the deal traveling halfway accross the world in a small boat to go find your wifeunded very romantic and crazy at the same time Then he obviously survived the trip so in spite of the potential dangers he made it But then his discoveries which i didnt expect at all coming from a sailing book really tickled me pink so to speak I couldnt put the book down Excellent book It has all the ingredients for me to give it a 5 5 and i dont give a 5 unles [...]

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    13. I absolutely loved this book The author, John Caldwell, found himself stuck in Panama at the end of WWII with no way to get home to his wife in Australia So he bought a little 29 foot sailboat and set out alone, determined to get home, unconcerned about the fact that he knew absolutely nothing about sailing or navigation What could possibly go wrong I refuse to say anything for fear of spoiling the story for others, except for the fact that I loved his little shipmates, the kittens Flotsam and [...]

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    14. A compelling story of a human experience that is so fantastic that it almost seems unbelievable The author writes in an easy comfortable style in the first person Parts of the story drag and if it were fiction would be wildly unbelievable The fact that it is a real life experience makes it compelling.

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    15. Ummm this wasn t the best of books You know that struggle you have when you are talking to someone with a very heavy accent, you have to concentrate really hard to understand what they are saying Well this is what it was like reading the book I didn t care for the writing at all.

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    16. Great book A man with no sailing experience decides to sail from Panama to Australia alone Predictably, it s not the smoothest of trips Some of his decisions leaving you wondering about his critical thinking skills, but very well written and entertaining.

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    17. So exciting Even when you know how it turns out, you re enthralled at the telling Hey, he lived to tell the tale, didn t he So glad he wrote this book, to give us a glimpse of what those islands were like back in the late 1940s.

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    18. stunning and crazy i wouldnt set out on a leaky old barge ALONE to join my fiance was, but then this is fantasyright

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    19. I read this several years ago It was a true story and a good read Palm Island is in the Grenadine and John and Mary changed it from Prune Island to a developed island with a lovely hotel.

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    20. Wild and crazy story of a guy who is lucky to be alive after all of his misadventures.

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    21. Forget anything you have ever felt challenged by, this man beats your story.

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    22. Amazing lesson in how not to make an ocean passage.

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    23. Great book, super exciting true.

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    24. One of my favorite adventure books so extreme it s hard to believe

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