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''Atlantic is a stirring tale that illuminates a paranormal interval in our maritime heritage. Scott Cookman weaves the compelling plot in a fashion that may 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 fulfillment much more outstanding. Cookman has performed his homework good and unfolds that tale web page via web page . . . the reader can almost about suppose the icy lash of a North Atlantic swell crashing aboard because the mammoth crusing craft are pushed towards their vacation spot by means of women and men whose desires and ambitions (and even the satisfaction 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 pressure of ocean racing; the politics, intrigues, and skullduggery of billionaires, society snobs, and sailors who make Captain Ahab look the version of restraint; and a gilded, vanished period less than the collection typhoon clouds of war.'' –Neil Hanson, writer of The customized of the ocean

''In 1905, the foremost to unlocking America’s monetary strength was once rapid go back and forth around the Atlantic. Scott Cookman recounts in meticulous aspect the fanatical race for maritime supremacy. Scions and captains of took the problem via 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 event, can be captivated by way of this amazing seafaring tale. it's a excellent stability of historical past, intrigue, and interval personalities that may make your hands 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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On March 21, nine days out, Dauntless encountered gales. Disregarding the heavy weather, Samuels kept up every stitch of canvas that would hold. On May 23, seas monumentally high, two exhausted crewmen attempting to change sail were swept overboard. qxd 2/12/02 1:29 PM Page 40 40 AT L A N T I C snapped tightly, almost ripped out the stanchions, and showed them dragging astern. This forced Samuels to heave to at once. “After great difficulty,” Samuels said, “they were hauled aboard and saved,” but conditions were so bad he had to heave to for another twelve hours.

That included his own mother—the kaiserin, Victoria’s eldest and favorite daughter. Victoria immediately sent him a telegram: “I am heartbroken. ” Instead the palace was ransacked for the dead kaiser’s private papers, personal letters, and diaries, Wilhelm himself turning his bereaved mother’s bedroom upside down. He was searching for the identities of anyone opposed to his succession. He forbade any clergy, prayers, or services at his dead father’s bedside. ” He suspected that an English physician, sent at Victoria’s insistence to attend his father, was culpable for his death.

The rupture of Dauntless’s freshwater tanks in mid-Atlantic didn’t trouble him. He broke out his abundant supply of vintage champagne for all hands to take its place (the crew, it was reported, didn’t like the stuff despite its pedigree). On March 21, nine days out, Dauntless encountered gales. Disregarding the heavy weather, Samuels kept up every stitch of canvas that would hold. On May 23, seas monumentally high, two exhausted crewmen attempting to change sail were swept overboard. qxd 2/12/02 1:29 PM Page 40 40 AT L A N T I C snapped tightly, almost ripped out the stanchions, and showed them dragging astern.

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