London : Andrew Melrose, 1932. First U.K. Edition. Hardcover. 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm. A good copy with the original dust jacket, has age toned pages that are unmarked, and binding is firm.
TWELVE ON THE BEAUFORT SCALE
Author of ' 'Ships and Sailors", "Sea Lore", "The Atlantic", "The Pacific", "Aboard the Bonaventure' ' , etc.
Here is a storm book, a book of typhoons and tempests at sea, of peril and heroism, of ships and men in classical battles with the sea. Twelve on the Beaufort Scale—the hurricane number on Admiral Beaufort's storm chart is indicative of the character of this book. Within its pages are first-hand accounts of some of the most terrible maritime storms in history, along with a description of the little known centre of a typhoon, the character of gales and hurricanes and the history of the famous Beaufort scale itself.
For the arm-chair adventurer, the one who through force of circumstances must take his adventure by proxy, such a book fills a definite niche in the world's reading. The author's qualifications are unique. A professional artist, an amateur sailor, the author of seven previous books on the sea and ships, he has himself experienced a hurricane in the western ocean, and is thus able to back up hearsay with personal knowledge.
Introductory matter, with history and explanation of the Beaufort Scale. With description of gales and revolving storms, including experiences in the centre of a typhoon.
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