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Sailing to the Far Horizon
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The tall ship Sofia sank off New Zealand’s North Island in February 1982, stranding its crew on disabled life rafts for five days. They struggled to survive as any realistic hope of rescue dwindled. Just a few years earlier, Pamela Sisman Bitterman was a naïve swabbie looking for adventure, signing on with a sailing co-operative taking this sixty-year-old, 123-foot, three-masted gaff-topsail schooner around the globe. The aged Baltic trader had been rescued from a wooden boat graveyard in Sweden and reincarnated as a floating commune in the 1960s. By the time Sofia went down, Bitterman had become an able seaman, promoted first to bos’un and then acting first mate, immersing herself in this life of a tall ship sailor, world traveler, and survivor.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-9
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. 1. Joining the Sofia for Her Second Circumnavigation: Floating in Boston
  2. pp. 11-28
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  1. 2. Into the Teeth of Hurricane Kendra: My Maiden Voyage
  2. pp. 29-49
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  1. 3. Too Much Rum, Too Many Steel Drums: Too Long a Stay in the Windward Islands
  2. pp. 50-100
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  1. 4. Old World, Third World, Unspoiled World: The Dutch Antilles, Venezuela, the San Blas Archipelago
  2. pp. 101-127
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  1. 5. Great Escapes: The Trip Overland through Mexico and Central America
  2. pp. 128-144
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  1. 6. “¿Dónde Está American Embassy?”: What the Travel Brochures Don’t Tell You: Costa Rica, Panama, and the Galapagos
  2. pp. 145-170
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  1. 7. The World’s Longest Expanse of Uninterrupted Ocean: Crossing the South Pacific to the Marquesas
  2. pp. 171-200
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  1. 8. The Most Beautiful Islands in the World: The Societies
  2. pp. 201-226
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  1. 9. Too Many Have Come before Us: The Cook Islands, the Samoas, and the Kingdom of Tonga
  2. pp. 227-256
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  1. 10. Deep in the Doldrums: Crossing the Horse Latitudes to New Zealand
  2. pp. 257-267
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  1. 11. Roll On, Deep and Dark Blue Ocean: The Mutiny and the Sofia’s Final Passage
  2. pp. 269-292
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  1. 12. Off the North Cape: The Storm
  2. pp. 293-307
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  1. 13. Sinking: The Life Rafts
  2. pp. 308-326
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  1. 14. Coming Home
  2. pp. 327-340
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 341-345
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 364-364
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