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Taming the Atlantic (ePub)

The History of Man's Battle With the World's Toughest Ocean


By Dag Pike
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
File Size: 35.0 MB (.epub)
Pages: 222
Illustrations: 136
ISBN: 9781526700858
Published: 20th November 2017


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The Atlantic Ocean has been and remains an often deadly challenge to mankind. This delightful and informative book chronicles the history of attempt to cross its hostile surface from the early days of sail to the most recent record breaking attempts in small ultra-fast craft. In between there have been fascinating sagas connected to pioneering discovery, the slave trade, mass emigration, the glamour and luxury of the famous shipping lines and war.

The Atlantic has often been the testing ground for the latest technology and design. All this and more, such as navigation techniques and advance weather forecasting are covered. Despite mans best and most ingenious efforts all too often the Worlds toughest ocean comes out on top and, while it is today a major trade route, it remains one of the most daunting maritime challenges.

Reviewed by Jacob Bart Hak Leiden, The Netherlands for

The Northern Mariner, Summer 2018

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Sea Breezes, July 2018

What a pleasure that the knowledge and experience of this expert is brought together in Taming the Atlantic.

Motorboot magazine

This volume is eminently readable, there being no doubt that the author of knows his subject.

NZ Crown Mines

Pike leaves the reader with big questions on whether the ocean can ever be tamed despite the advances in vessel technology.
A fascinating book, which fuses his personal experiences from more than 60 years at sea.

Nautilus Feb 18

What a pleasure that the knowledge and experience of this expert is brought together in Taming the Atlantic.

Motorboot, February 2018

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About Dag Pike

Dag Pike first went to sea aged 16 on tramp ships and experienced his first shipwreck two years later. He became the youngest Trinity House lighthouse tender captain aged 29. He went to become an Inspector of Lifeboats responsible for some 50 RNLI stations.

He has participated in six Atlantic record attempts and, as a member of the Italian Destriero project, made the fastest crossing averaging over 53 knots.

Dag has written over 40 books and contributes regularly to marine magazines worldwide. Having witnessed the Atlantic in all its moods and been shipwrecked twice, he is uniquely qualified to write this book.

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