Phantom Islands of the Atlantic

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Goose Lane, 1994 - History - 232 pages
In Phantom Islands of the Atlantic, Donald Johnson tells the strange stories of nonexistent islands that were nevertheless claimed for various European countries, described and carefully mapped. Johnson has tested the technology available to the cartographers, navigators and writers who documented these phantom islands. He has discovered what they knew of history, studied their legends, explored their faith, and traced how they expanded the limits of understanding.

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PHANTOM ISLANDS OF THE ATLANTIC: The Legends of Seven Lands That Never Were

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Entertaining voyages into the geography of the imagination, from a sailor and journalist (Charting the Sea of Darkness, not reviewed). In the early days of cartography, islands came and islands went ... Read full review

Phantom islands of the Atlantic: the legends of seven lands that never were

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Johnson is a maritime historian and sailor who has crossed the Atlantic five times in a 27' sailboat. His "phantom islands" were usually "discovered" after a storm or during a fog when the navigator ... Read full review


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An intrepid sailor, Donald Johnson has navigated the Atlantic by the technology available to voyagers in the age of Exploration. He is the author of The Cruising Guide to the Coast of Maine, the sailor's bible to the waters of the region, and Charting the Sea of Darkness: The Four Voyages of Henry Hudson, a volume that won critical acclaim from Sea History and The New York Times.

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