The Sea Journal

Seafarers’ Sketchbooks
Huw Lewis-Jones
Published by Thames & Hudson

First-hand records of travellers’ encounters with strange creatures and new lands; full of dangers and delights, pleasures and perils.

The sea has been an endless source of fascination, at once both alluring and mysterious, a place of wonder and terror. The Sea Journal contains first-hand records by a great range of travellers on their encounters with strange creatures and new lands, full of dangers and delights, pleasures and perils.

In this remarkable gathering of private journals, log books, letters and diaries, we follow the voyages of intrepid sailors, from the frozen polar wastes to South Seas paradise islands, as they set down their immediate impressions of all they saw. They capture their experiences while at sea, giving us a precious view of the oceans and the creatures that live in them as they were when they were scarcely known and right up to the present day. In a series of biographical portraits, we meet officers and ordinary sailors, cooks and whalers, surgeons and artists, explorers and adventurers. A handful of contemporary mariners provide their thoughts on how keeping a journal remains integral to their voyaging lives.

Often still bearing the traces of their nautical past, the intriguing and enchanting sketches and drawings in this book brilliantly capture the spirit of the oceans and the magic of the sea.

The seafarers include:

Jeanne Baret
William Bligh
Francis Chichester
Vasco da Gama
Francis Drake
Zheng He
Horatio Nelson
Antonio Pigafetta
Piri Reis
Georg Steller
Bartholomew Sharp
Susan Veeder

Published by Thames & Hudson
304 pages
300 illustrations
195 mm x 270 mm

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