The Cruise of the Arctic Star Author:Scott O'Dell In The Cruise of the Arctic Star, Scott O'Dell takes a voyage up the length of the California coast in his cedar-hulled offshore cruiser named Arctic Star. With his wife Elizabeth along as skilled navigator and cook, a friend Del as cohort and deckhand, and an unpredictable hired hand named Rodney Lambert, the crew journeys up the coast a... more »nd experiences first hand the delights and drama of life at sea along this beautiful shoreline. Along the way, the author relates the colorful narratives of California's past through the stories of men and women like Cabrillo, Viscaino, Junipero Serra, Kate Sessions, Kit Carson, Jedediah Smith and many more. Drawing from journals of other notable visitors like Richard Henry Dana, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Sir Francis Drake, readers are given a window into life in California hundreds of years ago.« less
An enjoyable book combining a personal journey with some history of the California coast. Wish the journey were longer, and more history. Also would like more development of on-board characters, especially "the navigator". Lack of said character development makes this book a more whimsical book than I prefer. Otherwise well written and entertaining. Would like to read more by this author.