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Author Name:    ROSE, Alec BRUCE, Erroll PHILLIPS-BIRT, D. MASON, Michael

Title:   My Lively Lady. Second Printing in dustjacket

Publisher:    Nautical Publishing, Lymington, 1968, 

Seller ID:   51944

ROSE, Sir Alec. My Lively Lady. Lymington : Nautical Publishing Company in association with George G. Harrap & Company Ltd., (December 1968). Second Printing. Pp (4),v-[xiii],(1),1-193,(1) + 24 p of photographs. Also illustrated with maps and drawings in the text. 8vo, blue cloth. Toy 0460. The story of his singlehanded circumnavigation. "Here is Alec Rose's own story which includes two heroines, Lively Lady his boat, and Dorothy his wife. He tells it in his own words and writes of his early days, first as a rather delicate youngster, and then of his ventures in market gardening and of how he took to the sea. He describes how he came to race single-handed across the Atlantic and how he gradually built up the plans towards his life's ambition of a voyage alone around Cape Horn. "Sailing forth the first time on his single-handed circumnavigation of the world he was set back by a chapter ofdisasters, but he doggedly carried on with his plan. He set out once more and, after weathering many gales, and nearly being dismasted, his Lively Lady arrived safely in Melbourne. The yacht suffered damage again in the storms of the Southern Ocean, so he turned into New Zealand for repairs before taking on the Horn itself. He goes on to tell of his voyage home from the Horn; when as day succeeded day he had been on his own at sea for five wholemonths since leaving New Zealand, and 318 days at sea since leaving Portsm outh. He concludes with the enthusiastic and joyful welcome at Portsmouth, and then in London where he and Dorothy went to lunch at Buckingham Palace and the Queen knighted him only a few days after his safe return. It is almost a fairy story of a man who inherited no financial wealth but achieved his life's ambition through his own efforts, with no sponsorship, and becamean inspiration to millions of people. "Backing up Sir Alec's personal stor y comes Dorothy Rose's amusing description of life in their Southsea house and shop when Alec was away and of his knighthood on his return. Radio Officer Roberts, who first heard the voice of Alec Rose as Lively Lady approached the Horn, contributes a chapter. The region of the Horn is described by Michael Mason; and previous small craft voyages round the world in the Roaring Forties are recorded by Erroll Bruce. The naval architect D Phillips-Birt writes of the boat herself and "Blondie" Hasler, who designed the self-steering gear, describes how this works. "My Lively Lady is a story of adventure and determination written in Sir Alec's own direct and unassuming style which makes his experience all the more vivid." - from the dustjacket. Very good in dust jacket. 18.00


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