Blue Water Vagabond, by Dennis Puleston


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Blue Water Vagabond, Six years’ adventures at sea
Dennis Puleston

Working as a teller in a London bank, the author was hungry for adventure. In 1931 he quit his job and set sail with a friend, initially along the west coast of Europe and then to the Caribbean. When they ran out of money they worked on a coconut plantation but returned to sea after a hurricane destroyed their work. Their further adventures included a shipwreck off Cape Hatteras, a grim voyage down from Newfoundland on the schooner Marit, knocking ice off her decks to keep her from sinking, and an diving for a treasure galleon on Silver Shoals. Puleston then joined the Fahnstock brothers on Director and sailed through the Panama Canal to Galapagos Islands and Tahiti. He was taken captive by cannibals in the New Hebrides and was struck down by malaria in New Guinea. He finally landed in Peking just as it was falling to the Japanese in the Sino-Japanese War. This book draws the reader into this now-vanished world.

Hardback. No dust jacket. Green cloth cover in poor condition – wrinkled, marked and faded with tears to ends of the spine. Book seller’s sticker and Reg Valllintine bookplate on inside front cover. Yellowed pages but in good condition.

352 pages
12 B&W photographs
150 mm x 222 mm (approx. 6 in x 8.75 in)
1940, The Travel Book Club, London

Additional information

Weight .85 kg
Dimensions 23 × 18 × 4 cm