The Sea is a Magic Carpet by Peter PadfieldThe Sea is a Magic Carpet by Peter Padfield

The Sea is a Magic Carpet

byPeter Padfield

Paperback | November 27, 2014

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A highly entertaining record of adventure on the 'Magic Carpet' of the oceans.

'If Peter Padfield never again steps aboard anything less than 30,000 tons he has had his fun and, furthermore, passed it on for others to enjoy.'
Yachting Monthly

'The author gives a vivid impression of the sea in all its moods and of the men who made up his various ships' companies.'
Daily Telegraph

The book opens with an account of a life-changing voyage Peter Padfield made in 1957 as a mariner in the replica 17th century bark, Mayflower II, to commemorate the Pilgrim Fathers voyage to America.

The narrative takes us from Brixham, Devon, where the ship was built, across the Atlantic to Plymouth, Massachusetts, where she is now preserved, and brings alive the wonderfully diverse group of officers and men selected by her captain, Alan Villiers. It is illustrated with sketches made during the voyage, the originals of which can be found on the author's website.

Returning to the P&O line, Padfield next describes a conventional steamship voyage; but the Mayflower had spoilt him for 20th century sailoring. Leaving P&O, he worked his passage on a violently uncomfortable harbour tug to New Zealand; and the final chapters see him in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific taking part in the search for a missing government steamer, panning for gold in the hills and sailing round the islands hunting salt water crocodiles by night.
Peter Padfield is a leading naval historian and biographer. He trained for the sea as a cadet in H.M.S.Worcester, subsequently serving in the P & O Line. In 1957 he sailed under Cdr. Alan Villiers in the replica pilgrim bark, Mayflower II, from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts, where Mayflower is now preserved. Working his ...
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Title:The Sea is a Magic CarpetFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 7.81 × 5.06 × 0.64 inShipping dimensions:7.81 × 5.06 × 0.64 inPublished:November 27, 2014Publisher:Thistle PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1910198315

ISBN - 13:9781910198315

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A highly entertaining record of adventure on the 'Magic Carpet' of the oceans.'If Peter Padfield never again steps aboard anything less than 30,000 tons he has had his fun and, furthermore, passed it on for others to enjoy.'Yachting Monthly'The author gives a vivid impression of the sea in all its moods and of the men who made up his various ships' companies.'Daily TelegraphThe book opens with an account of a life-changing voyage Peter Padfield made in 1957 as a mariner in the replica 17th century bark, Mayflower II, to commemorate the Pilgrim Fathers voyage to America.The narrative takes us from Brixham, Devon, where the ship was built, across the Atlantic to Plymouth, Massachusetts, where she is now preserved, and brings alive the wonderfully diverse group of officers and men selected by her captain, Alan Villiers. It is illustrated with sketches made during the voyage, the originals of which can be found on the author's website.Returning to the P&O line, Padfield next describes a conventional steamship voyage; but the Mayflower had spoilt him for 20th century sailoring. Leaving P&O, he worked his passage on a violently uncomfortable harbour tug to New Zealand; and the final chapters see him in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific taking part in the search for a missing government steamer, panning for gold in the hills and sailing round the islands hunting salt water crocodiles by night.