"In the fading glory days of the legendary Age of Sail, a slip of a girl fulfilled her dream to sail across the world on two of the last windjammers, L’Avenir and Parma,in the mid-1930s.
That ‘slip of a girl’– Mary Lang –was the late aunt of Byron Shire writer, Sue Vader.
Sue embarked on a voyage of discovery – a journey around her aunt –captivated by the evocative diaries Mary kept as a passenger/apprentice (the only woman aboard) and marvelled at the historic photographs both by and of Mary.
As Mary’s daughter, Anne, recently remarked: ‘Who is this fascinating woman? I’d love to meet her!’
Both Sue and Anne felt the world needed to meet her too.
Thus To Sea in a Sailing Ship, a coffee table book of Mary’s superb photographs and poetically written diaries, was conceived."
|Sue Vader and Mungo MacCallum at the BBWF 2013|
With good management and good luck I’ll be back on board in about a month.
Until then, as the man said, maintain the rage. Cheers Mungo."
The view from Billinudgel
That to me is very sad news indeed, as Mungo is a great talker and I really enjoyed his presentation and questions to Sue about her book on the day, so much so, that I just had to buy a copy for my bookshelf.
|Mary Lang –was the late aunt of Byron Shire writer, Sue Vader|
The pictures are worth a thousand words, as they say.
These are some of the many pictures from the book that give you a glimpse of life on board these sailing ships of days gone by.
This is the second book about sailing that I have bought and read from the BBWF.
The year before I read Jessica Watson's book True Spirit, which I've heard is being made into a motion picture soon.
|TRUE SPIRIT the movie|
Anyway, I hope you are up and about and shipshape soon again Mungo.
I had a great time at this talk and it sure was one of the highlights of the festival for me.
I was enthralled by this presentation and book.
(far right) and daughters Diana and Gail.
How to hallucinate a budget crisis
|Mungo MacCallum: December 21, 1941 – December 9, 2020|