Steven Callahan: ‘I got scared by the thought I’d be dead in a few hours; I found a way to fix the raft and it felt like the biggest victory of my life’. Steven Callahan. Adrift: 76 Days Lost At Sea. © The Mob Film Company (North) Ltd Services · Site Map · Contact · T&Cs. Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan’s Adrift chronicled one of the most astounding voyages of the century and one of the.

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This is the story of his 76 steen lost at sea, with close to nothing to sustain him but his knowledge and endurance. His construction of a sexton using pencils give tribute to his extraordinary will to live and survive.

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The race is from England to the Caribbean. Having at least a passing adrifg of nautical terms is helpful when reading this book but not necessary.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And perhaps my fear of the water came when I was 6 or 7 years old and my dad had taken me out on a bay in CA, and I was afraid that an octopus was going to climb on board and grab me, or maybe I had dreamed it all after watching a movie with an octopus killing people who were onboard a ship.

There is no bigger sky country than the sea. Some of the detailed descriptions of how to keep your still working and how to use a sextant just did not keep my attention. I agree it is pretty good, however, I would have liked to read more about what happened after he was rescued.


I would read this again, but hate myself for it. Callahans journey is full of excitement and apprehension till the very moments before he is rescued. And I know that he put serious effort into the descriptions complete with diagrams, callahsn. Ang Lee told Callahan, “I want to make adrivt ocean a real character in this movie”. I’m sure given the choice Steve Callahan wouldn’t want to suffer the same fate again and given the choice i would rather be stranded than read this a second time.

So enjoyable and so much to teach about what struggle can do to help you find richness in your life.

Topics Life and style Experience. If my son didn’t have to read this for school we wouldn’t have even made it that far. Unable to stay aboard Napoleon Solo as it filled with water and was overwhelmed by breaking seas, Callahan escaped into a six-person Avon inflatable life raftmeasuring about six feet across.

That to me is the most amazing part of this. I was especially interested in his navigation notes and other random tidbits of information, it brought back some of the good old Navy days.

76 Days Adrift

The author’s excessive overuse of adjectives and flowery prose to describe the simplest things made the book completely unreadable. If you did not guess from the title, Adrift is the true story of callahaan man who, after his boat sinks, spends seventy- 5 Stars I come from a family of book lovers.

People going through tough times typically feel isolated, and unsure what to do. The average person, I believe would have surrendered to the many obstacles he faced.

I found some of the fishing descriptions intriguing, but I was about ready for his rescue super early on as I imagine he was too! Perhaps most surprisingly, the parts of the tale where he gets for lack of a better word spiritual, don’t come off as sanctimonious or maudlin.


That would be an adventure. He understood how all of his equipment worked, and he had more than the most basic of basics in his emergency kit. There is nothing I can write further that wouldn’t be a spoiler.

It is not just the will to survive but to take devastation and turn it into something that fuels your strength. Having lost a third of his weight and being covered with scores of saltwater sores, he was taken to a local hospital for an afternoon, but left that evening and spent the following weeks recovering on the island and while hitchhiking on boats up through the West Indies. In the making of the movie Life of Pidirector Ang Lee asked Callahan to be a consultant on living aboard a life raft.

A couple days later a boat came and found him and he survived. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I also thought of the time my friend Cathy and I took a sailboat ride in San Francisco Bay and how we got wet with cold salty water that kept hitting us whenever the boat leaned a certain way, and how horrible that felt.

Id wanted to read this book for ages for a mixture of reasons. It’s an epic story where one man’s will to survive is put to the ultimate test.

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