Brian Fagan takes us on a fascinating, lavishly illustrated journey into the remote past when people first began venturing on the ocean. What did it take for people to launch canoes and boats to sail beyond the horizon, not knowing what was there? Why did they sail into the unknown? He draws on archaeology and history to tell a story about Pacific catamarans and Aleutian canoes, Northwest Indian mariners and Chumash tomols, medieval ships and voyaging in the European Age of Discovery, when there were no electronics to guide one across the oceans.
Brian Fagan was born in England and has been sailing and working power boats since he was eight years old. An archaeologist by profession, he is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he taught for 36 years. He is internationally known for his more than 50 books and numerous articles on archaeology written for the general public. Brian learned his sailing and seamanship from working fishermen and in a straight-stemmed converted oyster smack, a gaff-rigged ketch with no engine, sailing in the North Sea and English Channel. He has cruised thousands of miles in Europe and the Mediterranean and has been sailing in California for over 45 years. His books include a cruising guide to the Channel Islands.