Title:The Penance Way : The Mystery of Puffin's Atlantic voyage. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher:  Hutchinson, 1968, 1968
Seller ID: 18333
NAYDLER, Merton. The Penance Way : The Mystery of Puffin's Atlantic voyage. London : Hutchinson, (1968). First Printing. Pp (12),xiii-xvii,(3),-252 + colour frontispiece + 16-page central section of b&w photos. Some drawings in the text. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. With end-paper maps.
"The mystery of the disappearance of the tiny, fifteen-foot Puffin, crewed by David Johnstone and John Hoare in their attempt to row the Atlantic, captured the world's headlines in October 1966 and there has since been much speculation about the reasons for the tragedy.
When Puffin was found in mid-Atlantic, frogmen discovered in the upturned huli a 35,000-word journal in Johnstone's handwriting which gives a day-by-day account of the vicissitudes which he and Hoare suffered. Graphically written, it depicts heroism of a high order and may come to be acknowledged as one of the most moving and vivid documents of personal experience and high endeavour ever written. The Penance Way is based on this material, on interviews with many of the people involved and on Johnstone's plans dictated before he left England. The last section offers a solution to the mystery of Puffin's lack of progress and misdirection.
Merton Naydler's remarkable account of the courage and tenacity, the gaiety and drama which surrounded the whole adventure is written from first-hand knowledge of David Johnstone, the gigantic bearded journalist who first had the idea of rowing the Atlantic from west to east. " - from the dj.
Part I. Birth of an Adventure.
Part II. Johnstone's Journal.
Part III. Commentary. 1. Days 1 to 107 2. The Eternal Spirit of Adventure 3. Conclusions.
Part IV. Appendices. 1. Nautical terms used in the Journal; 2. Technical and slang terms and otherwise unexplained references in the Journal; 3. Beaufort Wind Scale; 4. Schedule of equipment mentioned in the Journal; 5. 'Artefacts from boat Puffin; 6. Winds recorded in the Journal 7. Tests carried out on Puffin, February 1968.