With the heart of a sailor and the narrative skill of a novelist,
Dallas Murphy explores the enduring allure of the mythic Cape Horn.
Located at the southernmost tip of the Andes, Cape Horn is a place
where the storms are bigger, the winds stronger, the geography more
dangerous for a seafarer than anywhere else in the world. From when
it was named in 1616 until the present day, Cape Horn has had a
rich history filled not only with the horrors of sailing disasters
but also with the pleasures of Darwinian research into flora and
fauna. The author uses his own voyage around Cape Horn to weave
together the history of explorations, along with tales of Indians
who lived there, the oceanography and meteorology of the region
(with echoes of The Perfect Storm), the science of navigation and
the natural history of the area. The result is the story of a
sailor testing his own limits as well as a truly captivating
depiction of one of the most fascinating areas on earth.