Adventure with the author as he sails from Koror, Palau among the Micronesian islands to Darwin, Australia on the north coast of the continent. Along the way visit one of the most remote and pristine islands in the Pacific Ocean, meet its two inhabitants (and a few visitors), then continue to sail through pirate infested waters of Indonesia without legal papers. Experience the sea at night, sitting alone on deck, riding the waves and savoring stars. Enjoy the adventure of a first time sailing voyage. More importantly explore the relationship between a father and son, and the long lasting bonds that extend beyond death. Experience the fulfillment of a long held dream, explore a different culture and its people, muse about the twists and turns of life, reflect on the value of family and friends, marvel at the vast creation all around us. Enjoy the voyage, and be encouraged to fulfill your own dreams.
A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture - A Native of Africa - Venture Smith. Venture Smith (1729-1805) was an African captured as a child and transported to the American colonies to be sold as a slave. As an adult, he purchased his freedom and that of his family. His history was documented when he gave a narrative of his life to a schoolteacher, who wrote it down and published it under the title A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, a Native of Africa: But Resident above Sixty Years in the United States of America, Related by Himself. Venture Smith was born Broteer Furro in a place he recalls as Dukandarra in "Guinea"-a term that at the time referred to much of West Africa. Clues in the narrative make it clear that he was from the savannah region and the fact that he was sold at the seaport of Anomabu, in modern Ghana, suggests that he was probably originally from somewhere in what is now Ghana, Togo, or Benin. He was the son of a prince who had several wives. As a young child, he was kidnapped by a tribe of Africans who were employed by slave dealers. The boy was purchased by Robertson Mumford for four gallons of rum and a piece of calico. Mumford decided to call him Venture because he considered purchasing him to be a business venture. Venture was taken aboard a ship that sailed to Barbados.
This book documents the United States Coast Guard career of Herbert E. Nolda, from his enlistment in April 1942 to his discharge in December 1945. The book also encompasses his early life before the war and his life after the war as it relates to veterans' matters. On the morning of December 7, 1941, Herbert was living in Santa Monica, California, where he was employed at the huge Douglas Aircraft factory. He arrived at a boarding house for lunch to find the landlady hysterical with the news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Several other young men were there too. Within minutes one of the young men stood up and announced: "Our country's in trouble and needs our help. I'm going down to enlist. Is anyone else coming with me?" "I am," Herbert replied. His time in the service was varied, from patrols on the East Coast, to four major invasions in North Africa and Europe. On June 6, 1944, D-Day, he was manning the #1 gun on his ship, LCI(L) #92 as she plowed into the maelstrom of Omaha Beach. Her sister ship, LCI(L) #91 had hit the beach a half hour earlier. She had been Herbert's home until a month before D-Day. The two small ships became famous in the annuals of D-Day. Later, in mid-August 1945, Herbert was aboard the troop transport, USS Admiral H.T. Mayo anchored at Ulithi Atoll in the South Pacific when the guns of the neighboring ships started firing, but there were no enemy planes in sight. . . This book is filled with the grim and the humorous incidents of war as experienced by a young sailor from landlocked Nebraska. Also interwoven are shorter biographies of some of Herbert's crewmembers. It is richly illustrated with 185 photographs and other historical documents.
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