The Adventures of John and Mary Caldwell – A Sequel to Desperate Voyage
By Mary Caldwell and Matthew M. Douglas
Sheridan House, 2008
John Caldwell's 1949 recount of his attempted voyage from Panama to Australia, Desperate Voyage, chronicles what was truly an ill-planned trip by an inexperienced sailor aboard an inadequate boat. That being said, it did introduce readers to a truly extraordinary, albeit sometimes eccentric man whose love for the sea and his family knew no bounds.
In her new book, Mary's Voyage, Mary Caldwell, John's widow and soul mate shares an honest and loving memoir of her adventurous life with John through their trials and tribulations — at sea and ashore. Mary's Voyage is the touching tale of the first family to voyage around the world in a small, but sound, sailboat. With sextant and dead reckoning, Mary and her family journey thousands of ocean miles before settling ashore in the Grenadines where, fueled by John's vision and determination, they build the Palm Island resort.
Written with the help of Matthew M. Douglas, Caldwell now tells her own story, an inspiration to anyone who chooses to embrace life and live it without regret.