Little Ship of Fools

Little Ship of Fools

16 Rowers, 1 Improbable Boat, 7 Tumultuous Weeks on the Atlantic

Book - 2013
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The dramatic and hilarious story of sores and survival on a human-powered journey across the ocean. It was to be an expedition like no other-a run across the Atlantic from Morocco to Barbados aboard an experimental rowboat. There would be no support vessel, no stored water, no sails, no motor. The boat's crew of sixteen included several veterans of U.S. college rowing, a number of triathletes, a woman who had rowed both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and a scrawny, bespectacled sexagenarian -- our chronicler, Charles Wilkins.
Publisher: Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Books, [2013]
ISBN: 9781553658788
1553658787
Branch Call Number: 797.123 WILKINS
Characteristics: xiii, 305 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm

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Oct 31, 2013

A very interesting book. Rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in a tiny boat offers a glimpse into just how apropos the title is. What kind of person would do this sort of thing? I would say that judging by the account of the conditions on board and out on the open ocean this 16 people are lucky to be here to tell their tale. This is a life altering endeavour. I would have liked more information on how the craft was constructed. It seems like an engineering feat that needs more explaining to better understand how the little boat stood up under the enormous strains of the stormy Atlantic. I highly recommend reading this book.

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