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by Spencer Apollonio:
A STORY OF EAST GREENLAND
Northern Lights Series, University of Calgary Press, www.uofcpress.com Co published with the Arctic Institute of North America.
"Far north, hidden behind grim barriers of pack ice, are the lands that hold one spellbound. Gigantic imaginary gates, with hinges set in the horizon, seem to guard these lands. Slowly the gates swing open, and one enters another world where men are insignificant amid the awesome immensity of lonely mountains, fjords and glaciers."---Louise Boyd, 1935.
Have you ever been curious of the way of early explorers, curious of the methods of transport over impossible odds and have you ever asked yourself, "How would I survive facing these overwhelming, harsh conditions?" Here Spencer Apollonio conveys the sting of a Greenland winter, the biting cold of 30 and 40 below, and the roar of incessant, raging gales with the ship locked in, incapacitated by frozen iceberg ravaged waters. He quotes the resident doctor in November 1874:
"From time to time there were perfect hurricane gusts, causing the ice-bound ship to quiver throughout: such weather we had never experienced. If we ventured beyond the closely-shut hatchways on to the deck, we were nearly deafened by the blustering, roaring, and crashing with which the wind broke upon he ship and howled around it."
Lands that Hold One Spellbound is one of those books that hold the reader spellbound, page after page, paragraph after paragraph. It is a fascinating account of the history of an immense land of great mountains and fjords, of glaciers and meadowlands, and contrasts of weather perhaps unique in our world. Don't miss it....
Spencer Apollonio lives in Maine. He is a retired marine biologist and a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America (AINA). He has made fourteen trips t the Arctic and, in the 1960s, established AINA's Devon Island Research Station.
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are usually perceived as vessels of the nineteenth century or earlier. Yet these graceful, multi-masted beauties actually sailed on into the 1950s before they disappeared from the seas forever. The Last of the Cape Horners is an exciting anthology of the best-written and most-representative accounts of life aboard commercial square-rigged sailing ships in the final fifty years of their existence.
Veteran sailor Spencer Apollonio has drawn from many little-known sources for
these accounts of life aboard the last of the American, English, Scottish,
and Finnish “
"It was bad everywhere--- aloft,
on the bridge,
at the wheel,
on the open poop,
the open deck,
Arranged in the
sequence of a voyage around the world, the accounts outline the general
nature of commercial activities, routes and ports of call, and the gradual
decline of commercial sailing ships. Apollonio includes a full range of exciting and
dangerous action, as well as everyday ship-board experiences. With clear explanations of the technical
aspects of sailing these tall ships and with lively accounts of life on
The Last of the
Spence Apollonio is a marine biologist who has conducted
research in the Arctic seas and the
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Other writing by Spencer Apollonio
Hierarchical Perspectives on Marine Complexities:
Searching for Systems in the Gulf of
Lands That Hold One Spellbound: A story of .
· An Enormous, Immensely Complicated Intervention: Groundfish and The New England Fishery Management Council.