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Steven Callahan: ‘I got scared by the thought I’d be dead in a few hours; I found a way to fix the raft and it felt like the biggest victory of my life’. Steven Callahan. Adrift: 76 Days Lost At Sea. © The Mob Film Company (North) Ltd Services · Site Map · Contact · T&Cs. Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan’s Adrift chronicled one of the most astounding voyages of the century and one of the.

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Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan

Oct 24, Kellie rated it liked it Shelves: And Callahan tells it with a poetic profundity. Luces en el Mar. Then there is Callahan’s ego, which is big enough to capsize his ship even without a rogue wave.

Reading a adrkft like this on the beach was quite an experience, and it’s a riveting survival story.

This author brings you right along with him and you’ll often wonder if you could have survived the journey Steven Callahan born is an American author, naval architect, inventor, and sailor noted for having survived for 76 days adrift on the Atlantic Ocean in a liferaft. In a growing gale, seven days out, his vessel was badly holed by an unknown object during a night storm, and became swamped, although it did not sink outright due to watertight compartments Callahan had designed into the boat.

This is the nearest I’ve ever been to a shipwreck, those terrible storms. The too careful minimization of his errors, and his tendency towards inflated descriptions of his caplahan epic heroism, creativity, and genius also loom larger the farther I got from the end of caplahan book.

Steven Callahan is attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Islands to Antigua, but before he departs, an elderly fisherman points to his vessel, the 21′ long Napoleon Solo, and says, “In such xallahan small boat?

I’m a serious oceanophile? Chris was getting very hungry to so he caught some fish below the sail boat and ate them. That to me is the most amazing part of this. But Adrift is definitely one of my favorites. Since his survival drift, he’s made dozens of additional offshore passages and ocean crossings, most of them with no more than two other crew.


For the next 79 days, he is forced to survive in a callxhan life raft. It was a little odd at first that it was written in present tense, but it made the story come alive. It is in the wilderness that you adrigt learn who you are.

He collected drinking water from two solar stills and various jury-rigged devices for collecting rainwater, which together produced on average just over a pint of water per day. It is not just the will adrlft survive but to take devastation and turn it into something that fuels your strength.

Steven Callahan

During callajan ordeal he is battered by the elements, attacked by sharks and plagued by constant punctures to his raft. Large pods of dolphins them used to come and play around the boat, especially at night. The stakes keep getting bigger and bigger. The ocean had other ideas.

Retrieved from ” https: Open Preview See a Problem? The average person, I believe would have surrendered to the many obstacles he faced. He holds three U.

While adrift, he spotted nine ships, most in the two sea lanes he crossed, but from the beginning, Callahan knew that he could not rely upon rescue but instead must, for an undetermined time, rely upon himself and maintaining a shipboard routine for survival. Well, Callahan is not the most reliable narrator. Photos Add Image Add an image Do you have any images for this title?

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In the beginning I was bored dallahan be frank as I knew he was going to be rescued, obviously, and I just found it too difficult to really connect to his situation and the details he was providing no matter how much he tried to describe it all.

One day his friend died and he had to push him of the boat so the sharks didn’t come after the boat. In some ways the model for the new wave of adventure books, Adrift is an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived more than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized only six days out.


Despite some of the negative reviews, I found this book bordering on poetic. Usually i enjoy survival stories, man v mother nature and man overcoming the odds to survive, not with Mr Callahan’s writing, everything is there to make this a gripping story but it’s just dull. Edit Did You Know? The author’s excessive overuse of adjectives and flowery prose to describe the simplest things made the book completely unreadable.

He is forced to drop out of the calllahan because his boat is damaged in a storm. I used to try to do the night watches so I didn’t have to sleep when people couldn’t see the sea. Jan 11, meghan chriss rated it it was amazing.

Pages and pages were written of his survival, but not once did I become bored. You can feel his anguish, his pain and his despair, ccallahan also his happiness and his relief.

76 Days Adrift

But if we aren’t reading books, you’ll probably find us outside. Callahan recounted his ordeal in the best-selling book “Adrift: I’d recommend this book to anyone interested in thinking about existence, the universe, and human limits.

I still don’t regret my 76 days alone in the raft. He stood off in the raft, but managed to get back aboard several times to dive below and retrieve a piece of cushion, a sleeping bag, and an emergency kit containing, among other things, some food, navigation charts, a short spear gun, flares, torch, solar stills for producing drinking water and a copy of Sea Survivala survival manual written by Dougal Robertsona fellow ocean survivor.

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