The China Voyage: Across the Pacific by Bamboo Raft

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Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1994 - Travel - 317 pages
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The China Voyage is the extraordinary story of how Tim Severin and his crew made maritime history by sailing across the Pacific on a bamboo raft. Their purpose: to test the theory that Asian raft sailors reached America some 2,000 years ago. Their experience provides armchair adventurers with one of the most remarkable sea voyages ever, and offers a unique perspective of what happens when historical theories are literally put to the test.
For 105 days Hsu Fu edged eastward, contending with fog, gales, snapped spars and ribbing, and the gnawing of bamboo beetles eating the very fabric of the raft. Semi-submerged, the crew became part of the sea itself: companions to the birds, fish, and whales that lived alongside them. Broken ribs, a meeting with a killer whale, and the steady deterioration of the raft are all part of this remarkable tale, masterfully told in Severin's unique blend of scholarship, narrative, and good humor.

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User Review  - Graham Crawford - Goodreads

Until this book I had only read Severin's historical fictions, which I have found interesting but a bit wooden. This is the first of his experimental archaeology travelogues I have picked up, and I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Suzie Mudge - Goodreads

Fascinating. It is amazing what hardship they endured without any fuss or heroics. Read full review


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Tim Severin is an explorer, traveller, author, film-maker and lecturer. In addition to The Brendan Voyage, he has also travelled in pursuit of the legends of Sinbad the Sailor, Jason and Argonauts, Ulysses, Genghis Khan, Moby Dick and Robinson Crusoe. He has won numerous book awards, the Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, and the Livingstone medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. He has Honorary Doctorates of Letters from University College Cork and Trinity College Dublin, and lives in West Cork.

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