Atlantic: The Last Great Race of Princes by Scott Cookman

By Scott Cookman

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''Atlantic is a stirring tale that illuminates a paranormal interval in our maritime historical past. Scott Cookman weaves the compelling plot in a way that may fascinate either the landlubber and the sailor alike. The schooner Atlantic’s transatlantic racing checklist has remained unbeaten for almost a century–and the tale at the back of the race makes that fulfillment much more remarkable. Cookman has performed his homework good and unfolds that tale web page by way of web page . . . the reader can almost about believe the icy lash of a North Atlantic swell crashing aboard because the titanic crusing craft are pushed towards their vacation spot via women and men whose desires and objectives (and even the satisfaction in their international locations) hold within the balance.'' –Peter Isler, America’s Cup veteran, writer of the bestselling crusing for Dummies, and Editor at huge for crusing international

''Outstanding. Cookman is both adept at depicting the gut-wrenching rigidity 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 lower than the collection hurricane clouds of war.'' –Neil Hanson, writer of The customized of the ocean

''In 1905, the main to unlocking America’s monetary strength was once rapid commute around the Atlantic. Scott Cookman recounts in meticulous aspect the fanatical race for maritime supremacy. Scions and captains of took the problem by way of 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 experience, might be captivated through this amazing seafaring tale. it's a ideal stability of historical past, intrigue, and interval personalities that would 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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He was cold, tired, and hungry. Ailsa had logged 192 miles that day at an average speed of 8 knots—an admirable performance in foul weather and confused winds, but nowhere near a racing mark. He had no idea who was leading or lagging in the race; only that a monstrous expanse of ocean lay ahead. And as their course took them progressively farther north, conditions could only get worse. Then the storms would be joined by fog and ice. ” In fact, May 1905 would be one of the worst months for icebergs in the North Atlantic in a half century of recordkeeping.

They handed him to a midwife and went to work to save the kaiserin. The midwife repeatedly slapped him until, finally, he began to breathe and scream. His mother was bedridden for a month after the ordeal. Mortified at the infant’s disfigurement, she saw him little during that time. As an infant and a toddler, he was lavished with affection. After that, neither she nor the crown prince had much time to spare for the child. ” At age seven he was surrendered to Professor George Hinzpeter, a severe thirty-eight-year-old bachelor with doctorates in philosophy and philology.

In an age of swift and sweeping advances in metallurgy, gunnery, and steam power, the world’s largest naval power had been largely left behind. ” Wilhelm saw it plainly. Certainly the British Admiralty did. In 1887 its chief constructor (naval architect) recommended that no fewer than seventy-two ships be scrapped outright. ” And—laid upon it like a banquet on a shaky table—was spread the riches of the entire British Empire. None of this escaped Wilhelm’s notice. He was new to the throne, not stupid, by no means deferential, and cat-eager to make his mark.

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