[ARCHIVE OF 109 ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN DURING THE VOYAGE OF FREDERIC FENGER'S SAILING CLASSIC, Alone in the Caribbean]
1911·[Grenada, Carriacou, and other Caribbean locations
by Fenger, Frederic A.
[Grenada, Carriacou, and other Caribbean locations, 1911. Group of 109 original silver gelatin photographs, each approximately 3 x 4 inches. Most mounted to stiff cards with typed captions below the image, some with Fenger's hand stamp on verso. Photographs in generally near fine condition. A fantastic archive of over one hundred original photographs taken by Frederic Fenger documenting his famous voyage through the Lesser Antilles aboard his handmade canoe, the Yakaboo, a number of which were published in Fenger's published account of the journey, ALONE IN THE CARIBBEAN. The majority of these photographs were not published, and thus represent an important and unique cache of images. From the photographs, it is apparent that Fenger was not only an excellent boatman and fine author, but quite an accomplished photographer. The photographs cover a broad range of subjects, including local peoples, customs, architecture, natural formations, maritime subjects, street scenes, and more. ALONE IN THE CARIBBEAN is a classic in boating history, telling the story of Fenger's 800-mile cruise through the Caribbean aboard the Yakaboo (translated from the Ellice islanders' word for "goodbye," uttered when something is dropped overboard a sailing vessel). In 1911, Fenger built the world's only sailing canoe, and sailed it from Grenada throughout the Caribbean islands, finishing his trip in the Virgin Islands. Along the way he spent time in St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Statia, and Saba, where the narrative ends. Fenger's Yakaboo was a covered canoe with a drop keel that can be slid fore and aft to help maintain a straight course, necessary because the boat does not have a rudder and instead steering relies entirely on the set of the sails and the position of the keel. "Frederick A. Fenger was a yacht designer, sailor, and author. His main contributions to yacht design are his use of the dhow-form hull, the wishbone rig, and the main trysail rig. Fenger was an inventive designer, and while some of his innovations never became popular, they did enjoy a following, and the wishbone rig has recently had a revival of interest in commercially produced yachts. Fenger was particularly interested in rigs which would be manageable when sailing short handed" - Frederic A. Fenger Papers, Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea website. Includes a first edition of the printed book, ALONE IN THE CARIBBEAN. An excellent photographic record of Fenger's Caribbean exploits, with the finished, published product of his efforts. (Inventory #: WRCAM49620)
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