My uncle remembers reading a novel in about 1950-1960 (not sure when it was written) about a sailor who traveled all over the world on a large ship, having adventures. He was not the captain and was not married. He would periodically return home with a sack of exotic gifts for his nieces and nephews. My uncle does not remember much else, but the novel influenced him greatly and he always brought me gifts from his travels. I would love to find this book for his 80th birthday. Thank you for your help
I don’t know the title of the book.
I believe it was published in the 1940s or 1950s, but I’m not certain of this.
The overall plot is a sailing voyage from the East Coast (Boston, I think) around the tip of South America to San Francisco.
It is definitely NOT the Richard Henry Dana book Two Years Before the Mast.
The main character is a young boy in his teens going to sea (as an apprentice deckhand or cabin boy or some such) for the first time on one of the new, fast clipper ships and he’s got to learn all about shipboard life and work, furling and unfurling sails, coiling ropes, tying knots, etc. He somehow makes an enemy of an older seaman who confronts him at the climax of the story, while a shipboard fire is raging, with the intent to kill him. The boy somehow escapes, but his injuries are extensive enough that he is unable to complete the voyage.
That’s about all I can tell you. I remember it being a ripping good yarn. I hope this description is enough.
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