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National Geographic Adventure Classics: The Cruise of the Snark

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In 1906, Jack London set out from San Francisco with his wife and two crewmembers on a voyage across the Pacific. Newspaper readers were horrified by the proposed trip, which was inspired by Joshua Slocum's Sailing Alone Around the World. London knew little about navigation, and his schooner, the Snark, possessed numerous defects, including a tendency to leak. His account of this extraordinary trip is charming and fascinating by turns, and a wonderful display of his eye for poetic and ironic details. Navigating more by feel than by skill, London visited Hawaii, the Marquesas, Tahiti, and the Solomon Islands. For the most part, the voyagers were greeted with South Seas hospitality, though the trip had its dangers—including head-hunting natives. London claimed that sailing the Snark gave him his greatest sense of personal accomplishment, and The Cruise of the Snark is saturated with his enthusiasm and sheer love of adventure.


This edition includes a new National Geographic map and excerpts from his wife Charmain's out-of-print account of the expedition—offering new insights into London's personality, and into his remarkable voyage.


  • 240 pages
  • 6" x 9"
  • Softcover
  • © 2002

"A delight."—Philadelphia Ledger


"One of the most adventurous voyages ever planned."—Outlook


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