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Water Your Mind—With Nautical Nonfiction

Pirates, ghosts, crab fishing, exploration, survival, all happening on the open seas.


The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage
G640.B73 2010

The fascinating story of the search for the Northwest Passage, from early beginnings in the age of exploration, through development into a British national obsession, to the final sordid, terrible descent into scurvy, starvation, and cannibalism.


The Motion of the Ocean: 1 Small Boat, 2 Average Lovers, and a Woman's Search for the Meaning of Wife
G530.C38 2009

Part travelogue, part relationship guide, Esarey recounts the two and a half years she spent at sea with her husband. With sharp humor and honesty she negotiates the rough waters of the ocean and her marriage.


The Shipwreck that Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America
F234.J3 G58 2008

Ambitions of finding gold and planting a New World colony seemed within reach when in 1606 Thomas Smythe extended overseas trade with the launch of the Virginia Company. But from the beginning the American enterprise was a disaster.


Seized: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates While Recovering Stolen Ships in the World's Most Troubled Waters
G535.H28 2010

A ship captain, airplane pilot, lawyer, teacher, writer, adventurer, and raconteur, Max Hardberger recovers stolen freighters for a living.


North by Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters
SH20.H35 A3 2010

Told in the honest and believable voice of Captain Sig, from the popular Discovery Channel series Deadliest Catch, comes the story of three generations of Hansens and their bonds to the sea and to each other.


The Living Shore: Rediscovering a Lost World
SH365.W2 J33 2009

Modeled on John Steinbeck's "The Sea of Cortez," this slim volume contains a good-news environmental story about how an oyster can help restore the oceans.


Buccaneers of the Caribbean: How Piracy Forged an Empire
F2161.L38 2009

Buccaneers were not pirates but privateers, licensed to attack the Spanish by the governments of England, France, and Holland. Jon Latimer charts the exploits of the men who followed few rules as they forged new empires.


A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found my Heart in the Middle of the Ocean
GV790.92.M37 A3 2009

During June 1998, Tori McClure set out to row across the Atlantic Ocean by herself in a twenty-three foot plywood boat with no motor or sail. Within days she lost all communication with shore, but decided to keep going.


The Spectral Tide: True Ghost Stories of the U.S. Navy
BF1472.U6 M55 2009

From translucent sails to phantom crews, from a flaming ghost ship to the infamous psychic anomaly at the U.S. Naval Academy to battleships where the dead still linger, this book offers no less than a haunted history of the U.S. Navy.


Final Voyage: A Story of Arctic Disaster and One Fateful Whaling Season
SH383.2.N53 2009

In 1871, an entire fleet of whaling ships was caught in an Arctic ice storm and destroyed. Though few lives were lost, the damage would forever shape one of America's most distinctive commodities: oil.


Black Wave: A Family's Adventure at Sea and the Disaster that Saved Them
G530.S5755 2008

Successful businessman John Silverwood and his wife, Jean, both experienced sailors, decided the time was right to give their four children a taste of thrilling life on the high seas. They had no idea the terror and challenges ahead of them.