Greyhounds of the Sea: The Story of the American Clipper Ship.

Carl Cutler's Greyhounds of the Sea; from the library of explorer and adventurer Steve Fossett

Greyhounds of the Sea: The Story of the American Clipper Ship.



Item Number: 112357

Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1984.

Third edition of Cutler’s masterwork on the history of the American clipper ship, revised to include his Five Hundred Sailing Ship Records of American Built Ships. Large octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, illustrated. From the library of of James Stephen “Steve” Fossett with his bookplate to the pastedown. American businessman and record-setting aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in 2002 in his 10-story high balloon Spirit of Freedom. He completed the 2002 trip in 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes and set records for both the Longest Distance Flown Solo in a Balloon and Fastest Balloon Flight Around the World. Fossett was also one of sailing’s most prolific distance record holders set the Absolute World Speed Record for airships with a Zeppelin NT in 2004. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career including aviation’s highest award, the Gold Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which he was awarded in 2002. Fossett disappeared on September 3, 2007 while flying a light aircraft over the Great Basin Desert, between Nevada and California. Jacket design by Melbourne Smith. Jacket cover painting, The Sea Witch, by Richard Linton.

Carl Cutler spent his life studying clipper ships and the exploits of the hardy men who took them over the world. Ships like the Sea Witch, Flying Cloud, Champion of the Seas, and Red Jacket ruled the seas for more than a decade, establishing records yet to be broken for their speedy runs across the Atlantic and Pacific, around Cape Horn, and on to China and India. This, the third edition published over 50 years after the first, includes Cutler's Five Hundred Sailing Ship Records of American Built Ships, a premier reference on the subject.

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