From small canoe adventures to whaling voyages, nautical narratives teach us about seamanship, the ports of yesterday, and take us back to when travel by boat was a necesssity of life. The classic narratives can be more exciting than any novel.
Four Months in a Sneak Box (Illustrated)
Nathaniel H. Bishop
The author navigates and narrates through America's inland waterways during an 1874 voyage in 12 foot boat.
Narrative of the Wreck of the Whale-ship Essex
The true story that inspired Melville's Moby Dick, sensational in its time and still a mortal tale of the sea.
Two Years Before the Mast
Richard Henry Dana
A Boston Brahmin escapes his comfortable life by serving as a common sailor on a voyage up the pre-gold rush west coast.
The Voyage of the Beagle (Illustrated)
Observations about finch beaks and del Fuegian natives lead to the most important book since the Bible. This is the story of the voyage that produced the insights.
The Cruise of the Snark
London's memoir of cruising the South Pacific with his beloved wife.
The legendary true story of Victorian gumption, leadership and seamanship.
Sailing Alone Around the World
A Nova Scotian rebuilds an old oyster boat and sails around the world in the seminal work for singlehanded sailors.
The Voyage of the Liberdade
The Slocum family, wrecked on the South American coast, builds themselves a junk-rigged canoe and sails home.
Voyage of the Destroyer, from New York to Brazil
An Inland Voyage
Robert Louis Stevenson
The Sea and the Jungle
H. M. Tomlinson
A literary account of a pre-WWI tramp steamer voyage, written after the war by a journalist who had since become an anti-war writer.
Knotes, Splices and Rope Work
A. H. Verrill
Anson's Voyage Round the World