Books: Last Frigate

CRUISE OF THE CONRAD—Alan Villiers —Scribner ($3-75) Three years ago in Copenhagen as he stood watching the 52-year-old Danish training-ship Georg Stage, "last surviving frigate in the world," Sailor-Author Villiers had to pinch himself to prove he was not dreaming when a bystander said it was for sale. In every port from Boston to the South Seas he had hunted for a sailing ship only half as perfect. He bought her on the spot, renamed her the Joseph Conrad, prepared to sail her around the world, to "keep a form of art alive upon an...

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