When his father loses his fortune, a boy is taken on by a famous shipbuilder and takes a record-breaking trip around Cape Horn on the famous Flying Cloud. A realistic and riveting old-fashioned yarn, winner of a Newbery Honor for young readers in 1936.
About the Author
Armstrong Sperry was a beloved author and illustrator of children’s literature. As a child, he was fascinated by adventure novels such as Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island, which led him to embark on a year-long tour of the South Pacific that would inspire much of his work. He won the 1941 Newbery Medal for Call It Courage , a novel about a young boy on the island of Hikueru in Polynesia, and wrote or illustrated dozens of other books for young people. After many adventures, he moved with his family to Hanover, New Hampshire, where he lived until his death in 1976.
William McFee was one of the twentieth century’s most beloved authors of sea stories. He spent a large portion of his own life at sea, including its first moments; he was born on his father’s three-masted ship Erin’s Isle.
This is a tough read because the subject matter is so unfamiliar. But it is worth the work to slog through it. The greatest of the clipper ships is built and makes its maiden voyage around Cape Horn to win a speed record. Sadly, the clipper was soon eclipsed by the steamer which was not dependent on wind. The glory days of the clipper are remembered in this story told from the point of view of an old salt.