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The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"   By: (1825-1892)

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Transcribed from the 1893 Sampson Low, Marston and Company edition by David Price, email ccx074@pglaf.org

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THE VOYAGE ALONE IN THE YAWL “ROB ROY,”

FROM LONDON TO PARIS, AND BY HARVE ACROSS THE CHANNEL TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT, SOUTH COAST, &c., &c.

BY JOHN MACGREGOR, M.A.,

CAPTAIN OF ‘THE ROYAL CANOE CLUB,’ AUTHOR OF ‘A THOUSAND MILES IN THE ROB ROY CANOE,’ ‘THE ROB ROY ON THE BALTIC,’ ‘THE ROB ROY ON THE JORDAN,’ &c.

SIXTH EDITION .

LONDON: SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON & COMPANY LIMITED . St. Dunstan’s House, FETTER LANE, FLEET STREET, E.C. 1893

( All rights reserved .)

LONDON: PRINTED BY WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, LIMITED STAMFORD STREET AND CHARING CROSS.

[Picture: Frontispiece: A tight squeeze. See page 159]

PREFACE.

In the earlier part of this voyage, and where it was most wished for, along the dangerous coast of France, fine weather came.

Next there was an amphibious interlude to the Paris Exhibition, while the Rob Roy sailed inland.

Thence her course over the sea brought the yawl across the broad Channel (100 miles) to Cowes and its Regattas, and to rough water in dark nights of thunder, until once more in the Thames and up the Medway she was under bright skies again.

Cooking and sleeping on board, the writer performed the whole journey without any companion; and perhaps this log of the voyage will show that it was not only delightful to the lone sailor, but useful to others.

BLACKHEATH, KENT, May , 1880.

The Author’s profits from the preceding Editions were devoted to Prizes for Boys in the following Training Ships:—

The ‘CHICHESTER’ in the Thames . The ‘ARETHUSA’ in the Thames . The ‘CUMBERLAND,’ in the Clyde . The ‘INDEFATIGABLE,’ in the Mersey . The ‘HAVANNAH,’ in the Severn .

The profits will again be devoted to similar Prizes as explained in the Appendix.

CHAPTER I.

Project—On the stocks—Profile—Afloat alone—Smart lads—Swinging—Anchors—Happy boys—Sea reach—Good looks—Peep below—Important trifles—In the well—Chart—Watch on deck—Eating an egg—Storm sail.

It was a strange and pleasant life for me all the summer, sailing entirely alone by sea and river fifteen hundred miles, and with its toils, perils, and adventures heartily enjoyed.

The two preceding summers I had paddled alone in an oak canoe, first through central Europe, and next over Norway and Sweden; but though both of these voyages were delightful, they had still the drawback, that progress was mainly dependent on muscular effort, that food must be had from shore, and that I could not sleep on the water.

In devising plans to make the pleasure of a voyage complete then, many cogitations were had in the winter, and these resulted in a beautiful little sailing boat; and once afloat in this, the water was my road, my home, my very world, for a long and splendid summer.

The perfect success of these three voyages has been due mainly to the careful preparation for them in the minute details which are too often neglected. To take pains about these is a pleasure to a man with a boating mind, but it is also a positive necessity if he would ensure success; nor can we wonder at the fate of some who get swamped, smashed, stove in, or turned over, when we see them go adrift in a craft which had been huddled into being by some builder ignorant of what is wanted for the sailor traveller, and is launched on unknown waters without due preparation for what may come... Continue reading book >>




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