Sailing Uphill: An Unconventional Life On The Water

May 1, 2000|
Sailing Uphill: An Unconventional Life On The Water by Sam McKinney
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Sam McKinney has spent many of the best parts of his life on the water -- sailing a dory along Canada''s west coast, crewing on the deck of a river steamer, shipping out deep-sea in freighters across the Atlantic. In the middle of his life, when he sold the hull of an ocean-going sailboat which had absorbed two years of his love and labour, he looked at his boat-building shed and thought, "Hmm. With all this lumber, I could build a boat and go across the continent, instead". So he did. In the Gander he travelled up the Columbia and Snake rivers, down the Missouri, up the Mississippi and Illinois and on, ever eastward, to New York City. It took him four summers and three Ganders, one of which had to be abandoned in the mud of the upper Missouri, but he made it. This is a lovely and evocative memoir by a perceptive and thoughtful writer.

The late Sam McKinney was a journalist, a small-boat builder, a founder of outward-bound schools and a professional seaman. He was the author of several books, including Reach of Tide, Ring of History and Sailing Uphill. Royalties from the sales of this book will be donated to the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
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Title:Sailing Uphill: An Unconventional Life On The Water
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:176 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.25 in
Shipping dimensions:176 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.25 in
Published:May 1, 2000
Publisher:TouchWood Editions
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780920663707

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