Sailing to Purgatory
The final scene in this true adventure shocked the author, too.

‘The reader will be enthralled as Paul, former Fleet Street journalist turned professional yachtmaster, takes us along on his ‘swallowing the anchor’ voyage, his retirement from the sea.

'This self-confessed newish ancient mariner … has spent almost a lifetime sailing solo, as both an ocean going competitive yachtsman, as a DoT Commercial Yachtmaster, and during his circumnavigation to become a singlehanded Cape Horner ... Sailing to Purgatory has all the roller coaster elements of a heart stopping adventure — drama on the high seas, observing life ... undersea volcanoes, a love interest, and waves high enough to scare the pants off most of us.’ - Brenda Vowden, journalist, avid reader

Home from the outside ... St Helenans,
'Saints', round their South Atlantic
island in Midshipman,
en route for Stockholm.

Enterprising forebears ... The house Paul's father designed, and the car his paternal grandfather designed and built.

Running repairs ... crewman Declan checks rig fittings on the superyacht, Midshipman, which Paul sailed from the Cape to Sweden.

Sail power ... Gavin's Howe's beautiful yacht in the Mediterranean.

Rescue in the Southern Ocean ... Yachting World's international edition this month features Paul and Captain Fantastic in its Great Seamanship series.

Pat and Gerry Adamson, two wonderful supporters get Spirit of Pentax ready for her circumnavigation.

Home sweet home ... St Helena islanders, after a voyage round their island home on the superyacht, Midshipman.

Baptism of a Cape Horner ... Lady Chichester names Spirit of Pentax in a ceremony at Brighton Marina.

Homeward Bound 2 is prepared for her attempt on the longest open boat record.

Tri trials ... testing Paul's entry in the singlehanded race across the Atlantic are great friends Ron Pell, Jerry Freeman plus a keen helper.

Cover up ... Bob Abrahams works on cover ideas for Sailing to Purgatory.

Stocking up for 18 months ... Last minute farewells before Spirit of Pentax and Paul left on the long route to become Cape Horners.

Death of a racer ... Baltic Wind flounders after running into a container in the South Atlantic. Paul and a lady shipmate spent eight worrying days in a liferaft.

We stood in silence this week remembering those who died in World War 1, but probably not dwelling much on the appalling human price so many paid – being shot, blown up, run down, caught by a grenade, or bayoneted.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Who pays for war? ... Very grim reminders of the human cost of war are shown on historian Richard Jones' website.
It’s not very likely that many of us thought of it all in the terms of the pounds shillings and pence our forebears paid in addition to their blood and pain.

One man certainly did and the conscience of London historian and tour guide Richard Jones inspired him to do much more than wish we all could somehow know or experience the horror of it.

The real charge

Society stood silent for two minutes to recall a courageous side to war, on both Sunday and Monday for many of us.

But it seems that Richard Jones realised that we should be reminded of, or made aware of, much more than the notion of a victorious band of uniforms charging an enemy post.

His well-recommended Richard Jones' walking tours site carried the link to his YouTube five-minute reminder of the price the common man pays when politicians resort to war to resolve national disputes.

Yes, nations borrow huge wads of cash, but the true price – the costliest charge – is in human life.

Richard reminds us that military and civilian casualties in World War I numbered about 40 million. Between 15 and 19 million humans died, Wikipedia reports.

23,000,000 wounded

Between nine and 11 million were in uniform.

About 23 million military personnel were wounded.

And the cost in money? An estimated $208 billion, reports the National Archives, causing the greatest global depression of the 20th century.

Richard's five-minute prod to memory is well worth watching, a reminder, I suggest, we should all be aware of, particularly as our own hotheads do their utmost to split up Europe.

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