Cruise of the Conrad – Allan Villiers (1937) (1st ed)


Cruise of the Conrad – Allan Villiers (1937) (1st ed)


Title: Cruise of the Conrad: A Journal of a Voyage round the World, undertaken and carried out in the Ship Joseph Conrad, 212 Tons, in the Years 1934, 1935 and 1936 by way of Good Hope, the East Indies, the South Seas and Cape Horn

Author: Alan Villiers

Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1937. First edition.

Condition: Hardcover, ex-library book with all usual library markings. Reading copy only. Front hinge cracked, exposing webbing. Text clean, binding tight. With numerous black-and-white photographic plates. 387pp., 9″ by 6″.

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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[1] to Huntington Hartford, heir to the A&P supermarket fortune, who added an engine and used her as a yacht.