After a German submarine sinks the merchant barkentine ‘Angelus’, her ten crew are left to face the cold and merciless north Atlantic in a small open lifeboat without food or water. Over the next ten horrifying days, 24-year old Walter Boudreau witnesses the death of all but one of his shipmates.
Miraculously, Boudreau survives. Just as incredible, this agonising introduction to life before the mast does nothing to cool his passion for sailing. Over the next four decades, Captain Boudreau’s love affair with the sea aboard his various classic schooners takes him through nautical adventures both thrilling and extraordinary.
This is an account of Walter’s life written by his son, Robert Louis (Lou) Boudreau.