Once a Fool -- from Tokyo to Alaska by Amphibious Jeep
One of the most remarkable adventures on record, ONCE A FOOL -- From Tokyo to Alaska by American journalist Boye Lafayette De Mente recounts his experiences aboard the the jeep Half-Safe, with Australian Ben Carlin--a voyage that took precisely four months and involved encounters with Russians, Japanese fishing nets, huge walruses, a tidal wave, a Yellow Monster, water colder than ice, and each other! One of the most publicized ocean-crossings in the 20th century, the story of the globe-circling amphibious jeep is in the Guinness Book of World Records.
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aboard Adak Adak Island afternoon Alaska by Amphibious Aleutian Amphibious Jeep anchor Anchorage Aomori appeared arrived ashore asked beach Ben Carlin Bering Sea boat hook bottom bunk cabin camera cannery Carlin began Carlin decided Carlin gave climbed Cold Bay Cook Inlet course cove crossed crowd drifting drive drove Dutch Harbor engine feet finally fish fuel tank girl going Guildford Grammar School half an hour Half-Safe Half-Safe's hand harbor Harris hatch hatchway head hoses hundred yards inlet invited island Japan to Alaska Japanese jeep's kelp knew leaving looked miles morning moving night Northwest Airlines oil company passed Perth pier propeller prow pulled radio rear rope shaft Shemya ship shouted side sleep soon speed started station stop Straits tide tiller Tokyo told took tow line trip truck turned Umnak Unalaska underway waiting Wakkanai watch waves wind yelled yukata