DUFFERS ON THE DEEP by Winifred Brown
A cruising classic. A novice skipper and crew take a small boat from North Wales
to Norway and Spitsbergen just before the Second World War. Honest about their inexperience,
Winifred Brown's narrative is a well-
I sat miserably at the wheel trying to heave-
We went on; the weather got worse and worse. Even if Perula could go on, her crew could not; we were both completely exhausted and sat in miserable silence. At first I tried to make bright conversation; it sounded inane. As wave after wave crashed on the wheelhouse I began to wonder what we should do if it carried away, how we should block up the hole. Then I realised that if the wheelhouse went we should probably go with it. "It is finish," I thought. "It can’t hold much longer."