The Cruise of "The Kate," - Lieutenant E. Middleton Circa 1888 - Privately Printed, Middleton - Second and revised edition. A superb copy of this extraordinary narrative of the first Single-Handed circumnavigation of England in the 21 foot gaff-rigged yawl ‘Kate’, choosing the route ‘as the most difficult one I could think of, on account of its powerful tides’. Clockwise from the Thames, crossing Scotland by the Crinan Canal. The ‘very choice’ illustrations include four engraved plates, one full page chart, five vignettes, and four diagrams.

Empson Middleton (1838-1916), during his trip, puts forward views on everything from Matrimony to the Channel Tunnel, and according to the Author,
this edition enters much more fully into the actual cruise, and also deals with numerous questions of great Public Interest! Especially the Defence of England’, as he says the first edition ‘was very much scamped, – owing to the Author having no disposition to write it, being then much pressed with Virgilian composition!’.

‘One of the classics of cruising literature’ – Toy,
Adventures Afloat.
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