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By William H. Longyard

A gripping compendium of noteworthy small-boat voyages remodeled the centuries." --John Harland, writer of Seamanship within the Age of Sail

A Speck at the Sea chronicles the best ocean voyages tried within the littlest boats. those feats include:
• Diego Mendezs voyage to rescue Columbus
• William Okeley's get away from slavery in a folding rowboat
• Ernest Shackleton's death-cheating journeys
• And extra.

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It took him over an hour to cross a raging torrent and he was almost drowned in the process. Then he “descried a shepherd 43 accompanied by his dog”. The shepherd was looking for lost sheep, not a lost walker, nevertheless he took him down to his cottage and provided him with “refreshments”, then drove him five miles to his hotel in Fort William in his rustic pony cart, an improvement on the sixteenth century when a bard described Glen Nevis as being inhabited by “thievish folk of evil habit”. Henry’s friends were overjoyed, for they had feared for his safety and “all supposed he was lost beyond recovery”.

The nearest reindeer I knew of were sixty miles away in the Cairngorms. The father was in an extremely excited state. He said that he had fallen down a big pitch but had landed in a pool unscathed. Somehow his young son had followed suit. He then astonished me even further by telling me that they had come upon a decomposing body in a pool a short distance back along the gully from where we were. The rescue team had no knowledge of a climber being missing on the mountain, so this was a real surprise.

I look into the Chasms and a Shroud Vapourous doth hide them; just so much I wist 39 Mankind doth know of hell: I look o’erhead, And there is a sullen mist; even so much Mankind can tell of heaven . . It is the north-east face of the Ben that attracts mountaineers and generations of them have trudged to the mighty cliffs through the boot-topping squelch of the Allt a’ Mhuillinn glen for over a century. These great cliffs are the most impressive in Britain but it’s in winter they come into their own.

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