National Geographic : 1962 Dec
KODACHROMEBY ROBERTS. OAKES, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICSTAFF © N.G.S. To illustrate Men, Ships, and the Sea, Book Service editor Merle Severy (standing) and book designer Howard Paine examined a hundred thousand pictures and chose 440 of the finest. For material, they searched marine collections of more than 20 countries. in mid-Atlantic some thirty years ago when a steamer overtook a square-rigged windjam mer and passengers hurried to the rails to view the rare and stirring sight. One of the passengers was my father, Dr. Gilbert H. Grosvenor, who served for 55 years as Editor of the magazine and is now Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He took several pictures of the square-rigger and noted the vessel's name, Grace Harwar. Later, through Lloyd's Register, my father located the windjammer and learned that a gifted young sailor had just completed an exciting 138-day voyage aboard her. The young seaman summed it up this way: "...One of us was killed; a second went out of his mind; a third went overboard. We were short of food and the ship leaked. We tried to make for Cape Town in distress and could not. We saw black albatrosses and en- dured indescribable suffering off the Horn in the dead of winter." Clearly, this Australian-Alan Villiers was his name-had the gusto and talent to share his salty adventures with readers. His first article, "Rounding the Horn in a Windjam mer," appeared in the February, 1931, NA TIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. As a young member of the editorial staff, I was thrilled by this story-as I have been by the 16 Villiers tales that followed. From my father, I had inherited a love of the sea. I had spent every summer of my life on the water. As a midshipman at the U. S. Naval Academy, I had studied the influence of sea power on world history. Alan Villiers often visited the Society's offices, and I came to regard him as friend as well as hero. I always wanted to sail with him, and two years ago the chance came. I In Men, Ships, and the Sea, you will relive seagoing history, sail across new frontiers, fight great battles, see civilizations change. Order through National Geographic Society, Dept. 54, Washington 6, D. C. Enclose $9.85, or you may request later billing.