The adventures of the sailor Alan Villiers aboard his ship Joseph Conrad, which he purchased and then took for a voyage around the world. This book, Cruise of the Conrad, is account of this 2-year adventure from Ipswich, England to New York, via South America, South Africa, the East Indies and Australia.
About Villiers and the Joseph Conrad (from Wikipedia):
Australian sailor and author Alan Villiers saved Georg Stage [the original name of the ship] from the scrappers and renamed the ship in honor of famed sea author Joseph Conrad. Villiers planned a circumnavigation with a crew of mostly boys. Joseph Conrad sailed from Ipswich on 22 October 1934, crossed the Atlantic Ocean to New York City, then down to Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, and across the Indian Ocean and through the East Indies. After stops in Sydney, New Zealand, and Tahiti, Joseph Conrad rounded Cape Horn and returned to New York on 16 October 1936, having traveled a total of some 57,000 miles (92,000 km).
Villiers was bankrupted as a result of the expedition (although he did get three books out of the episode – Cruise of the Conrad, Stormalong, and Joey Goes to Sea), and sold the ship to Huntington Hartford, heir to the A&P supermarket fortune, who added an engine and used her as a yacht.