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designer of the day, John Alden, design him a plain but husky 85' schooner which was built in Maine. He assembled a remarkably competent and compatible crew of eight who had surprisingly little difficulty handling thi s large vessel with her heavy gear in those days before power assists and elaborate electronics. Leaving Boston for Panama, a serious leak resulting from faulty shipyard work held them in Panama forover five months and almost terminated the voyage. Surviving that cri sis, they set off for the Gal apagos, Tahiti, Fiji , Bali, Java, the Suez and the Med and many points in between, leav ing Boston "at the beginning of the ebb tide on the first day of summer" in 1932, and arriving back there on 5 Jul y 1934. Thi s was an extraordinary adventure for those times when transoceanic cruising traffic was not what it is today, and a most fortuitous one in terms of seeing a relatively undisturbed island world that disappeared fo rever in World War II. Starr is a skilled observer and a gifted writer with wonderful turns of phrase; explaining why they were so close to the start of the hurricane season when leav ing Boston , he writes: "Those things which ought to have been done, and those things which had been done as they ought not to have been done, reared their mocking heads ." He easily grasps the philosophical implications of what he sees, and avoids the romantic trimming so often found in cruise reports . Hi s details of life and the characters he met on the islands are informatively and entertainingly presented. After his return, he chartered and then sold Pilgrim and went back to the practice of law . Over many years he worked on this manuscript, which was published after his death through the efforts of hi s wife, Poll y Thayer Starr. Those who read this enchanting and fascinating book owe her a debt of gratitude for her vision . TOWNSEND HORNOR

The Dutch Navy of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, by Jaap R. Bruijn (University of South Carolina Press, Columbia SC, 1993, 258pp, illus, notes, biblio, index, ISBN 0-87249-875; $34.95hc) Thi s excellent compact study of the remarkable achievements of the Dutch Navy at its height, when the Netherlands was the greatest sea power in the world, provides an authoritative close look at SEA HISTORY 82, AUTUMN 1997

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